hydrocortisone-pramoxine topical (generic name)

Novacort (brand name)

It is used on the anal area to decrease swelling, itching, and pain caused by minor skin irritations or hemorrhoids
(hye droe KOR ti sone; pra MOX een)
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What is this medicine?

HYDROCORTISONE; PRAMOXINE (hye droe KOR ti sone; pra MOX een) is a combination of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic. It is used on the anal area to decrease swelling, itching, and pain caused by minor skin irritations or hemorrhoids.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to hydrocortisone, corticosteroids, pramoxine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for rectal use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow directions on the prescription label. Gently cleanse the affected area prior to use. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. This medicine is usually applied 3 to 4 times per day, or as directed by your health care professional. Use the applicator supplied with the medicine for anal use. This foam can also be applied topically to the perianal area. Place foam onto a cleansing tissue or pad and gently rub into the affected area. Fingers or any other mechanical device should not be used to administer the foam. Do not use an airtight bandage to cover the affected area unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Do not to use more medicine than prescribed. Do not use for more than 14 days.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the treated area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better after one week. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • dark red spots or bumps on the skin
  • lack of healing of skin
  • skin infection
  • skin irritation
  • thinning of the skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning or stinging sensation
  • dryness

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 C (68 and 77 F). Do not refrigerate or freeze. Store the container upright. Contents of the container are under pressure. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: May 01, 2009
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