hydrocortisone - zinc sulfate
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00505773 ||ANUSOL-HC 0.5% OINTMENT|
|00476285 ||ANUSOL-HC 10MG SUPPOSITORIES|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This combination product containing 2 ingredients belongs to a group of medications known as corticosteroids. It is used to treat hemorrhoids. It may also be used to treat discomfort after surgery to the anal area and other conditions affecting the anal area. It works by reducing swelling, irritation, and itching.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
Ointment: Wash and dry the affected anal area. Apply the ointment into the anus using the applicator provided and to the surface of the anus. Use the ointment in the morning, at bedtime, and after each bowel movement, or as directed by your doctor.
Suppositories: Wash and dry the affected anal area. Insert one suppository into the anus in the morning and evening and after each bowel movement, or as directed by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each tube contains zinc sulfate monohydrate 0.5% and hydrocortisone acetate 0.5% in a petroleum ointment base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate, methylparaben, mineral oil, petrolatum, poloxyl-2-oleyl ether, and propylparaben.
Each suppository contains zinc sulfate monohydrate 10 mg, hydrocortisone acetate 10 mg in a triglyceride base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate, magnesium stearate, methylparaben, propylparaben, and triglyceride base.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use hydrocortisone - zinc sulfate if you:
- are allergic to hydrocortisone, zinc sulfate, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- have tuberculosis, fungal, bacterial, or viral infections of the skin