What is Proctofoam HC?
Proctofoam HC (generic name: hydrocortisone and pramoxine) is a prescription aerosol foam that relieves inflammation and pruritic display of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses of the anal region. It treats symptoms of hemorrhoids and topical inflammation, such as swelling, minor pain, itching, and discomfort.
This is available in Proctofoam HC 1% topical aerosol foam.
Proctofoam HC Mechanism of Action
This topical medication lessens inflammation, itching, and swelling through its antipruritic, anti-inflammatory, and vasoconstrictor actions. It also has a local anesthetic property that interferes with impulses transmission on the sensory nerve fibers to relieve irritation, pain, and itching.
How to Use Proctofoam HC
Before you use this topical product, you must read the patient information leaflet that comes with it. Do not use this product unless you thoroughly understand its uses and instructions. You can get more information from your doctor or pharmacist.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not change the Proctofoam HC dosage recommended by your doctor. To use this, first, clean and dry the affected area properly. It should be applied in the affected area 4-5 times daily or after each bowel movement. Spray the foam to a clean, dry tissue and apply it to the area. Wash your hands right after use.
Proctofoam HC Side Effects
Mild/Common Side Effects:
- Temporary redness, itching, or burning in the application site
Severe Side Effects:
- Rectal bleeding
- Swelling or pus around the area
- Changes in skin appearance
- Unusual tiredness
- Weight loss
- Persistent headache
Note: This is not a complete or full list of adverse reactions. If any side effects persist or worsen, you must call your doctor or any healthcare professional.
Precautions and Warnings when Using Proctofoam HC
Do not use this topical foam if you have a known allergy to Proctofoam HC active ingredients and inactive ingredients. Signs of serious allergic reactions are trouble breathing, severe dizziness, swelling of the face and neck, hives/itchiness, swollen lymph nodes, and skin rashes. This should be considered a medical emergency. Seek emergency help immediately.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of intestinal problems, recent infection, diabetes, and liver disease. Due to the possibilities of drug interactions, you should also discuss all the prescription/nonprescription drugs, herbal products, and supplements you are taking.
It is preferable for pregnant and breastfeeding moms. If you must use this type of medication, discuss the possible risks with your physician and do not use it for a long time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Proctofoam HC used for?
This drug is used to relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids and topical inflammation of the anus.
How fast does Proctofoam HC work?
This topical aerosol foam can relieve pain for as fast as 10 minutes. However, redness and swelling may take longer to resolve.
How long can I use Proctofoam HC?
You may only use this medication for not more than seven days or one week at a time. If it does not relieve your symptoms after seven days, consult your doctor.
What is comparable to Proctofoam HC?
Some alternatives for this medication are Analpram HC, Proctozone HC, and Anudol HC. However, you should not use the other options unless advised by your physician.
How much does Proctofoam HC cost?
You may see the price of this aerosol foam from this page.
Can I buy Proctofoam HC online?
Yes, you can buy Proctofoam HC from our online pharmacy.