What is Proctofoam-HC?
Proctofoam-HC is a combination medication used to effectively treat the pain and discomfort associated with haemorrhoids. Proctofoam contains the two active ingredients, hydrocortisone and pramoxine, and is used 3 times a day for 7 days in total. Both men and women over the age of 18 with haemorrhoids can use this treatment. Proctofoam essentially works by reducing skin inflammation, as well as decreasing pain within the affected area.
What are the benefits?
Small lumps that develop in and around the anus are known as haemorrhoids or piles and are usually the result of added pressure in the veins, such as during constipation or straining when using the toilet. This can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms to develop, including bleeding, itching, irritation, and pain in and around the anal area. Proctofoam HC is an effective treatment that provides short-term relief from the symptoms of piles, reducing swelling and alleviating itching and pain.
How does Proctofoam HC work?
Proctofoam contains hydrocortisone acetate, a corticosteroid, which prevents your body from releasing chemicals that cause inflammation of blood vessels. This is very helpful in the treatment of haemorrhoids as they are essentially caused as a result of inflamed vascular structures that line in the rectum and play a part in controlling bowel movements.
However, corticosteroids don't always provide relief straight away, which is why the addition of pramocaine hydrochloride is helpful in numbing the affected area. This means that itching and any pain experienced is reduced. Pramocaine is a type of topical anaesthetic that essentially blocks nerve impulses from the area of application from being relayed along nerve fibres to register in the brain as a particular sensation.
How does it work?
Proctofoam HC contains the two active ingredients, hydrocortisone acetate and pramocaine hydrochloride, which when used externally or internally helps to relieve any discomfort caused by piles. Working as an anti-inflammatory, hydrocortisone reduces uncomfortable swelling and irritation. Pramocaine works as a local anaesthetic to numb the area and provide relief from any pain or itching.
What are the benefits of using Proctofoam-HC?
Proctofoam is a convenient foam treatment that works in two ways to provide you with relief from the symptoms of piles, while also aiding natural recovery. This is because it contains a local anaesthetic to provide almost instant relief from itching, but also a natural steroid that can help reduce swelling of blood vessels.
Who cannot use Proctofoam?
This medication should not be used if you are allergic or have had an allergic reaction to any ingredients found in this medication. Proctofoam is not recommended for children. If you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant or are breastfeeding then this medication will not be suitable for you. Likewise, if you are taking any other medication, you should detail this during your online consultation to ensure that Proctofoam will still be safe and effective for you.
How to use Proctofoam-HC
Proctofoam-HC is available in to buy from HealthExpress in a dosage of 21.2g and is applied with a special applicator into the rectum.
- Ensure the affected area is cleaned and dried carefully
- Fill the applicator and then insert the tip about an inch inside the anus and press the plunger to release the medicated foam
- One 'applicator full' should be applied 3-4 times a day after each bowel movement
- It should not be applied more than four times a day
- Treatment should not be continued for more than 7 days without speaking to a doctor
- To apply the foam to external haemorrhoids simply spray some of the foam on a clean tissue and pat the area gently
Ensure your hands are washed thoroughly after use and that none of the medication gets in your eyes or mouth. If this does occur, then ensure you wash it out as soon as possible and seek medical help if any adverse effects occur.
How do you use Proctofoam HC?
Before applying this medicine, you should wash your hands thoroughly and ensure that the area around the anus is washed and properly dried. For internal use, the applicator containing 4-6mg hydrocortisone acetate and 4-6mg pramocaine should be used to apply the medication two or three times daily after each bowel movement (maximum four times daily). After use the applicator should be separated and washed thoroughly. Proctofoam HC should not be used for longer than a week.
Precautions/interactions when using Proctofoam-HC
Most adults over the age of 18 with haemorrhoids can use Proctofoam-HC safely, provided they aren't allergic to any of the active ingredients - hydrocortisone and pramoxine. Before using Proctofoam-HC, there are a number of precautions that should be considered to ensure your safety.
- This medication should also not be used if you have a bacterial infection in the affected area
- To avoid any complications, make sure that you mention to your doctor if you are pregnant, have ever experienced rectal complications or suffer from severe depression or have a family history of depression
- This medication is strictly not recommended for children
- Prolonged usage of Proctofoam-HC should be avoided
- This treatment shouldn't be used on easily damaged skin
- Do not use this medication if you are already using immunosuppressives such as fingolimod
What are the side effects of this medication?
As with all prescription medications there may be some side effects when using this medication. The side effects that may occur when using Proctofoam include irritation in the affected area, a burning sensation, thinning of the skin and dermatitis. Other side effects, although rare can include mood swings, delusions or memory problems or confusion. It is recommended that you speak to a medical advisor immediately if you experience such side effects.
What are the side effects of Proctofoam-HC?
Side effects of this treatment are extremely rare, but can occur when using prescription medication. Due to the topical nature of this treatment, it is unlikely to cause any major side effects. The common side effects may include:
- Irritation at the application site
- A stinging or burning sensation
- Thinning of the skin in the area of application
You should mention to your doctor if you feel anxious or depressed as a result of this treatment, or if you experience anything more serious or worrying.
How can I buy Proctofoam HC?
This medication is available to order at HealthExpress. We require you to complete a free online consultation to ensure that this medication is suitable for you. If this is the case, a prescription will be issued and sent to our registered pharmacy. From there, the medication is dispensed and dispatched using our free overnight delivery service.
How can I buy Proctofoam-HC online safely?
You can order this treatment safely online from HealthExpress. Simply complete a quick and confidential online consultation. This will be checked by one of our partner doctors, and if you are approved for treatment you'll be able to complete your order. Your treatment will be shipped directly to you from our pharmacy for free next day delivery (or same day for London postcodes).