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Facts about Proctofoam HC that may surprise you

Proctofoam HC has 2 active ingredients

Proctofoam HC contains an anesthetic for anal pain and itching and an anti-inflammatory to help with anal swelling and itching.

There is no generic version of Proctofoam HC

There is only one Proctofoam HC. You won't find a generic version or the same product over the counter; you must get a prescription from your doctor. If you have pain, swelling, or itching in your anal area, ask your doctor if Proctofoam HC is right for you.

There is a how-to-use video for Proctofoam HC

By watching the video on this website, you can learn several things about Proctofoam HC, like:

  • Steps for using, with detailed and simple instructions
  • How the applicator works so you don't have to use your finger
  • Cleaning applicator parts after each use

Go ahead and have a look here

Proctofoam HC is used with an applicator

You don't have to touch painful, inflamed areas of your anus with your finger when applying Proctofoam HC. The foam comes with its own applicator.

Proctofoam HC is not a cream, it's a foam

In fact, Proctofoam HC is the only foam of its kind. Ask your doctor if Proctofoam HC is right for you.

Reference: Proctofoam [package insert]. Somerset, NJ: Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc.; 2013.


For the temporary relief of inflammation and itching associated with disorders of the anus or rectum, and hemorrhoids.

More Important Safety Information

  • Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation develops or if the condition worsens or does not improve within two weeks.
  • Do not insert any part of the aerosol container directly into the anus.
  • For use on the anus, or on the area immediately surrounding the anus, only. Avoid contact with the eyes.
  • Contents of the container are under pressure.
  • Do not burn or puncture the aerosol container.
  • Do not store in temperatures above 120°F (49°C).
  • Use only as directed by your doctor.
  • Do not use this medication for any disorder other than for which it was prescribed.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

The most common side effects of Proctofoam HC seen more frequently with the use of an air and water tight dressing include:

Burning, itching, dryness, inflammation of the hair follicles, abnormal amount of hair growth over the body, acne, loss of skin color, facial rash around the mouth, skin rash, skin break-down, secondary infection, thinning of the skin, stretch marks, and heat rash.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For additional information, please see Full Prescribing Information.