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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Anusol HC Ointment (Hydrocortisone / Zinc Sulfate)


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Generic Equivalent - Anusol HC Ointment (Hydrocortisone / Zinc Sulfate)

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    Anusol is a non-prescription treatment for external hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can be present internally in the lower rectum or externally on and around the anus. Hemorrhoids are commonly experienced by adults and older adults.

    Hemorrhoids are caused by swollen veins in the rectum or anus. The swollen veins may cause symptoms like redness, swelling, irritation, pain, itching, and burning. They are caused by straining during bowel movements. Hemorrhoids are more common in obese and pregnant individuals.

    Anusol contains a topical steroid called hydrocortisone. Corticosteroids work by reducing the inflammation response and reducing swelling, redness, pain, and itching. It may take several days to weeks for this medication to start working.


    Apply Anusol to the affected area two to four times a day until the area is healed. Talk to your doctor if the area does not improve after two weeks.

    Anusol is for external use only.


    The active ingredient in Anusol is hydrocortisone.

    The inactive ingredients are benzyl alcohol, petrolatum, stearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, isopropyl myristate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, carbomer homopolymer, sodium lauryl sulfate, edetate disodium, sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH, and purified water.


    Common drug-drug interactions may include:

    • Aldesleukin
    • Calcipotriene


    Prolonged usage of corticosteroids may cause systemic absorption that leads to chronic health conditions. These conditions may include Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glycosuria. These are more common in younger patients.

    Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. Wash hands after applying.

    Stop using if you develop irritation and call your doctor.

    Talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before using this product.

    Side Effects

    The most common adverse effects of Anusol are:

    • Acneiform eruption
    • Atrophic striae
    • Burning sensation on the skin
    • Folliculitis
    • Hypertrichosis
    • Hypopigmentation
    • Maceration of the skin
    • Miliaria
    • Perioral dermatitis
    • Pruritus
    • Secondary skin infection
    • Skin atrophy
    • Skin irritation
    • Xeroderma


    Anusol [package insert]. Bridgewater, NJ: Salix Pharmaceuticals; 2021

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12959

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