What is it?
Colifoam is a steroid foam (hydrocortisone) in an aerosol canister which delivers a metered dose.
What is it used for?
It is used in the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis affecting the rectum and sigmoid colon. The foam acts directly on the area of inflammation.
How do I take it?
Insert lubricated spout into the back passage whilst lying on your left hand side and apply 1-2 metered doses as directed by the doctor
If you forget to apply a dose do not worry, but be sure to apply the next dose at the right time. You must complete the course that the doctor has prescribed and not stop the medicine because you are feeling better.
It is usually used 1-2 times daily for 2-4 weeks, then on alternate days before stopping.
Are there any precautions?
Colifoam may be used in small amounts for short periods of time in pregnancy and in children with inflammatory bowel disease.
You should let your doctor know if:
It should not be used if:
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are relatively rare as the steroid drug acts locally on
the site of inflammation and very little is absorbed into the body. However,
it may cause similar effects to those of steroids taken by mouth, such
If you experience any of these effects, let your doctor know immediately
and they can decide whether they are due to colifoam stopping the drug
may need to be considered, or if they are due to other medication you
are be taking.