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What are Anusol HC Suppositories?
This medication is used to treat hemorrhoids and itching/inflammation in the rectum and anus. It is also used in conjunction with other medications to treat certain intestinal problems (for example, rectal ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory conditions of the rectum/anus). Hydrocortisone suppositories help relieve rectal pain, itching, bloody diarrhea, and bleeding, reducing inflammation directly in the rectum and anus. Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids.
How does it work?
The active substance in Anusol HC is hydrocortisone, a medicine that belongs to the family of corticosteroids. Hydrocortisone reduces inflammatory responses such as itching, swelling, or pain. Anusol HC provides effective relief from the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids and also speeds up the healing process. Anusol HC is prescribed to treat hemorrhoids and other anal discomforts, such as anal fissures or tears.
What are the benefits of taking it?
This anal itching medication is used to help reduce discomfort associated with minor anal and rectal conditions, such as:
- Piles (hemorrhoids).
- Inflammation of the rectum (proctitis).
- Itching around the posterior passage (anal itching).
- Tears in the lining of the posterior passage (anal fissure).
- Discomfort after anal or rectal surgery.
Anusol HC ointment can also be used as a lubricant to facilitate the insertion of suppositories. Anusol ingredients include zinc oxide, bismuth oxide, bismuth subgallate, and balsam Peru, while Anusol cream contains only zinc oxide, bismuth oxide, and balsam Peru.
Bismuth oxide, balsam Peru, zinc oxide, and bismuth subgallate have mild antiseptic, protective, and astringent properties (this means they constrict blood vessels). The balsam Peru is also believed to promote the growth of new skin cells.
When Anusol is administered in or around the posterior (rectum) duct, it helps to calm the discomfort caused by internal and external hemorrhoids and other irritations in the anal area.
How do I use it and its dosage?
Use this product in the rectum following the instructions of your doctor, generally 2 or 3 times a day. The dose and duration of treatment will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Avoid handling the suppository for prolonged periods as it will melt. Unwrap the suppository. You can moisten the tip with a few drops of water. Lie on your left side with your right knee bent. With one finger, gently push the suppository into the rectum, pointed end first, enough so that it does not come off. Remain to lay down for a few minutes. Avoid having a bowel movement for at least 1 hour so that the medicine has time to take effect.
Wash your hands after each use. This medicine may stain fabric.
Use this medication regularly, as directed, to get the most benefit from it. Do not use more of this product, do not use it more often or for longer than indicated. Your condition will not improve any faster and could increase your risk of side effects. If you have been using this medicine for a long period of time, do not stop using it without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when you suddenly stop. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve after the duration of treatment or if it worsens.
Side effects & precautions
It can cause burning, itching, dryness, irritation of the skin/hair follicles, and changes in the color of the skin around the rectal area. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if any of these effects persist or worsen.
In rare cases, this medicine may be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects caused by excess corticosteroids. These side effects are more likely to occur in children and people who use this medicine for a long time. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
- unusual/extreme tiredness
- weight loss
- ankle/foot swelling
- increased thirst/urine
- Eyesight problems
Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following unlikely but serious side effects:
- new or persistent bleeding from the rectum
- unusual bruising / bleeding
- stomach / intestinal bleeding symptoms (for example, severe stomach / abdominal pain, black/bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds)
- bones that fracture easily
- mental/mood changes (eg depression, mood swings, agitation)
- muscle weakness/pain
- irregular heartbeat
- signs of infection (eg fever, persistent sore throat, painful urination, increased redness/irritation near the anus)
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug rarely occurs. However, seek urgent medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
- itching / swelling (especially in the face / tongue / throat)
- severe dizziness
- difficulty breathing
The effects of some medications can change if you take other medications or herbal products at the same time. This may increase your risk of serious side effects, or it may cause your medications to not work properly. These interactions with other medications are possible but do not always happen. Often your doctor or pharmacist can prevent or manage interactions by changing the way you use your medicines or under strict medical supervision.
To help your doctor and pharmacist provide you with the best care, be sure to tell them about all the products you use (including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products) before you start treatment with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medications you are using without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this medication include:
- blood thinners (eg warfarin)
Carefully check the labels of all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, as many may contain pain relievers/fever reducers (including aspirin, salicylates, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen), which may increase your risk of bleeding if taken together with corticosteroids. However, if you have been instructed by your doctor to take low-dose aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke (usually in doses of 81 to 325 milligrams per day), you should continue to take it, unless your doctor gives you further instructions. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of these products.
Buying Anusol HC Suppositories online.
You can buy Anusol HC Suppositories online through one of the UK’s leading online pharmacies, Pharmacy Planet. It's easy and convenient. You will need to fill out a short assessment and the item will be delivered directly to your door. If you want to buy this Haemorrhoids Medication online, use Pharmacy Planet, a UK pharmacy you can trust.