Hydrocortisone is a steroid medicine that reduces inflammation in the body. The information in this medication guide is specific to hydrocortisone rectal foam or enema. Hydrocortisone rectal is used to treat hemorrhoids and itching or swelling of the rectal area caused by hemorrhoids or other inflammatory conditions of the rectum or anus. Hydrocortisone rectal is also used together with other medications to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the lower intestines and rectal area. Hydrocortisone rectal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Cortifoam, also referred to as hydrocortisone rectal, is a drug belonging to a class of medications known as corticosteroids. It is used in the treatment of intestinal problems such as ulcerative colitis of the rectum, which is also known as ulcerative proctitis. Although it does not cure this condition, it helps in relieving the symptoms of the condition, such as diarrhea, rectal pain, and bloody stools, by inhibiting inflammation. The medication works by reducing inflammation directly within the rectum.