What is Proctosedyl?
Proctosedyl is a highly effective ointment used to treat the pain and discomfort associated with haemorrhoids (piles). When Proctosedyl ointment is applied to the problematic area, it successfully relieves the painful symptoms associated with piles, such as itching, irritation, and inflammation.
It contains the active ingredients, cinchocaine and hydrocortisone, and is prescribed in dosages of 30g for ointment and 5mg for suppositories. Proctosedyl can be used by men and women over the age of 18 with haemorrhoids, most commonly known as piles.
What are the benefits?
Proctosedyl is an effective haemorrhoids treatment that is available in either ointment or suppository form. When applied to the affected area, it can provide relief and reduce painful symptoms caused by piles, such as itching, bleeding, irritation and inflammation. Depending on which form of treatment you use – ointment or suppositories – Proctosedyl can be used to treat both external and internal haemorrhoids.
How does Proctosedyl work?
Proctosedyl suppositories or ointment works effectively through the actions of its active ingredients - cinchocaine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone.
The cinchocaine is a local anaesthetic that prevents messages from nerve receptors getting relayed. This results in a numbing effect to the area of application, providing relief from discomfort caused by pain or itching.
Hydrocortisone is a type of natural steroid, which means that it's able to prevent chemicals from being released by the body that causes inflammation. These chemicals play a part in the body's immune responses and cause blood vessels to widen, causing swelling. If swelling is reduced, it can give the body time to recover naturally.
How does it work?
Both forms of Proctosedyl contain the two active ingredients cinchocaine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone, which when used both externally and internally work to reduce painful swelling and irritation caused by haemorrhoids. Hydrocortisone works as a steroid to reduce inflammation and irritation, while cinchocaine hydrochloride acts as a numbing agent to relieve pain and itching.
What are the benefits of using Proctosedyl?
Proctosedyl can provide relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of piles in two ways.
Firstly, the cinchocaine hydrochloride works to have a numbing effect to provide immediate relief from itching or pain; while the hydrocortisone helps to reduce swelling until it naturally goes away. The suppository helps to provide internal relief, while the ointment is intended to be used for external haemorrhoids.
Who cannot use Proctosedyl?
This medication should not be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients found in this medication. Proctosedyl is not recommended for children. If you are taking any other medications – including prescription, non-prescription and herbal medicines - this may affect how Proctosedyl works and it is therefore advised that you do not take this medication until you have spoken to a doctor. If you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant or are breastfeeding then you should not take this medication.
How to use Proctosedyl ointment?
Proctosedyl can be bought from HealthExpress in dosages of 30g (for the ointment) and 5mg (for the suppository).
- Proctosedyl ointment should be applied externally to the rectum after a bowel movement, preferably once in the morning and once in the evening
- The suppository should be inserted in the morning and in the evening after a bowel movement
- In both cases you should ensure that your hands are clean and dry before using either treatment type
- Additionally this haemorrhoid treatment should not be continued for more than seven days and you should mention to a doctor if your symptoms aren't improving
More details about correct use can be found in the attached patient information leaflet at the bottom of this page.
Some people prefer to use the suppository format of this haemorrhoids treatment either due to the inabailability of the ointment or for a direct coverage from the core of the piles. Instructions on how to use a suppository is below:
- Remove foil wrapper.
- Moisten the suppository with water or water-based lubricating jelly.
- Lie on your left side and bend your right knee up toward your chest. Gently push the suppository into your rectum so it is deep enough not to come out.
How do you use Proctosedyl?
It is important to wash your hands before and after applying this medication. Likewise the area around the anus should be thoroughly washed prior to application of treatment. If you are using the ointment for external or internal use, apply on the affected area in the morning and again at night. It should also be applied after each bowel movement.
For internal use, insert one suppository gently into the rectum in the morning and at night and after each bowel movement. Try to refrain from going to the toilet for at least an hour to enable the suppository to work. When using Proctosedyl treatment either internally or externally, do not continue a course of treatment for longer than three days.
Most patients dealing with haemorrhoids - or piles - can use this medication for the treatment of haemorrhoids. Before using this treatment, it is vital that you consider the precautions associated before deciding to buy Proctosedyl.
- It isn't recommended that you use Proctosedyl if you have an allergy to any of the active ingredients
- You should also not use this treatment if you have an infection
- Topical treatments, such as Proctosedyl, shouldn't be used extensively during pregnancy
- If you intend to use the treatment whilst breastfeeding, you should first consult with a doctor
- Proctosedyl shouldn't be administered on damaged or irritated skin
- You should avoid using the treatment for a prolonged period of time
- Make sure you tell your doctor if you have severe bleeding from the anus or you are experiencing pain
What are the side effects of this medication?
As with all medications, there may be some side effects when using Proctosedyl. The side effects that can occur with this medication include irritation to the skin, more precisely the skin around the back passage, and skin rashes. Although it is very rare, in extreme cases this medication may absorb into the blood stream. This is why you should not use Proctosedyl for an extended period of time.
What are the side effects of Proctosedyl?
Side effects as a result of these treatments are very rare, as the ingredients tend to be well tolerated by patients in general. The most common potential side effects tend to include:
- Irritation of the area or a temporary tingling sensation
If you do experience anything more serious, or if these effects become lasting, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
How can I buy Proctosedyl?
Proctosedyl is available to buy online from HealthExpress after you complete a free online and confidential form. After a qualified doctor decides whether this medication is suitable, a prescription will be issued and sent to our registered pharmacy where treatment will be securely and discreetly sent via our overnight delivery service.
How can I buy Proctosedyl ointment online safely?
Proctosedyl is available to order online from HealthExpress. You can start a free and confidential consultation straight away and our partner doctor will be able to let you know whether you are eligible for the ointment or suppository or any other treatments available. If you can safely use these treatments you'll be given the chance to complete your order, and your treatment will be dispensed by our pharmacy for delivery as soon as possible. All our treatments are shipped via free, secure next day and same day delivery in the UK.