Anusol Plus HC Ointment 15g
Anusol Plus HC Ointment 15g
Anusol Plus HC Ointment is used to reduce the symptoms of internal and external piles (haemorrhoids). Anusol Plus HC Ointment contains the following ingredients:
- Hydrocortisone acetate is a mild steroid which helps reduce inflammation.
- Zinc oxide and Bismuth salts are mildly astringent and antiseptic and soothe and protect raw areas.
- Balsam Peru is mildly antiseptic and has a protective action on sore areas and may help healing.
- Benzyl benzoate has mild antiseptic properties.
Anusol Plus HC Ointment helps relieve the pain, swelling, itch and irritation of internal and external piles (haemorrhoids) and other related conditions, such as anal itching. This product is for use by adults over the age of 18 years.
What are piles?
Piles (haemorrhoids) are swollen blood vessels which occur inside or outside the back passage (anus).
Some people have piles without experiencing any symptoms, but sufferers may notice the following:
- Bleeding: Although streaks of bright red blood on the toilet paper are not uncommon in people with piles, it may be sign of a more serious condition and you should see your doctor to check this.
- Swelling: The swollen blood vessels may be felt as a lump or blockage in the anus.
- Pain, itching and irritation in the anal region. At least 40% of people suffer from piles at some time in their lives. However, many people are too embarrassed to seek advice or treatment and, as a result, suffer unnecessary discomfort. Fortunately, there is much you can do to ease the situation and relieve the symptoms.
What causes piles?
A number of factors can contribute to the development of piles:
- The most common cause is straining during bowel movement, usually as a result of constipation.
- During pregnancy, the growing baby exerts increased pressure on the anal vessels, which can lead to piles.
- Heredity: You may be more likely to develop piles if your family has a history of suffering.
Healthy Tips for Piles Sufferers
You can reduce the risk of piles by following a healthy diet and lifestyle that helps to keep your bowels working regularly and prevents constipation. This can also help to speed recovery from piles.
- Eat a high fibre diet including foods like brown rice, wholemeal bread, whole wheat pasta etc.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Don't eat too much salty, fatty or sugary foods such as crisps, burgers and cakes.
- Cut back on the amount of alcohol, tea and coffee you drink.
- Exercise regularly.
A healthy diet and lifestyle will reduce the likelihood of constipation and encourage a regular bowel habit. Go to the toilet regularly and try to avoid straining. Leaning forward from the hips may help.
For external and internal piles, Ointment can be used. If internal haemorrhoids are the problem, Suppositories deliver a measured dose to the affected area.
Wash the anal area and dry gently with a soft towel before using the medicine.
There is a nozzle supplied with the product which can be used to apply the ointment into the back passage (anus).
- For external piles - After washing and drying the affected area, the ointment should be applied using a gauze dressing.
- For internal piles - After washing and drying the affected area, screw the nozzle provided onto the tube, remove the nozzle cap; insert the nozzle into the back passage and squeeze gently. Clean the nozzle after each use.
Children (under 18 years):
This medicine is not recommended for children under 18 years of age.
Adults and the elderly:
Anusol Plus HC Ointment can be applied sparingly to the affected area at night, in the morning and after each bowel movement.
Wash your hands before and after using Anusol.
Do not use more than 4 times a day.
Do not use for more than 7 consecutive days.
This medicine is suitable for most people but a few people should not use it. If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use this medicine:
- If you have ever had a bad reaction to Anusol or any of its ingredients.
- If you have fungal, viral or bacterial skin sores. If any of these applies, get advice from a doctor or pharmacist without using Anusol.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist...
- If you have rectal bleeding or if you are in doubt whether any bleeding you have experienced is caused by piles.
- If symptoms worsen or do not improve after you have used the medicine for 7 days.
- If you are taking or using any other medicines including, corticosteroids (a type of anti-inflammatory drug e.g. hydrocortisone)
If you are not sure about the medicine you are taking or using, show the bottle or pack to your pharmacist.
If you are pregnant, only use on the advice of your doctor.
If you are breast-feeding you can use this medicine.
Some of the ingredients can cause problems:
- Castor oil may cause skin reactions.
- Lanolin anhydrous may cause local skin reactions e.g. contact dermatitis which is a local irritation at the site of use.
Hydrocortisone acetate 0.25 g, Zinc oxide 10.75 g, Bismuth subgallate 2.25 g, Balsam Peru 1.875 g, Bismuth oxide 0.875 g and Benzyl benzoate 1.25 g, Magnesium stearate, cocoa butter, lanolin anhydrous, castor oil, kaolin light, calcium hydrogen phosphate and petroleum jelly white.