What is Proctosedyl ointment?
Proctosedyl ointment are used to treat hemorrhoids (piles).Haemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anus.
How does Proctosedyl work?
Proctosedyl contain two different medicines called:
cinchocaine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone.
• Cinchocaine hydrochloride belongs to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics. It works by
causing numbness in the area to which it is applied. This stops you feeling pain in this area and helps
lessen the spasm of the back passage
• Hydrocortisone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. It works by lowering the
production of substances that cause infl ammation. This helps lower swelling, itching and discharge
Proctosedyl ointment can be used for the short term relief (not more than 7 days) of:
• Pain, irritation, discharge and itching associated with enlarged or swollen vessels around your back
• Itching around your back passage
How to use Proctosedyl ointment?
Do not use for longer than 7 days and Only apply to your back passage and the surrounding areas.
Do not apply to the face or other parts of the body and Apply this medicine in the morning, evening and after each bowel movement.
You may want to use suppositories for internal piles see our anusol suppositories
A Healthy Living Plan 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, wholewheat pasta etc and Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads.
Drink plenty of water and Exercise regularly.
Don’t eat too much salty, fatty or sugary foods such as crisps, burgers and cakes and Cut back on the amount of alcohol, tea and coffee you drink.
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.
For further information on piles see the nhs guidance
Piles (haemorrhoids) are lumps inside and around your bottom (anus). They often get better on their own after a few days. There are things you can do to treat and prevent piles.
Symptoms of piles include:
-bright red blood after you poo
-an itchy anus
-feeling like you still need to poo after going to the toilet
-slimy mucus in your underwear or on toilet paper after wiping your bottom
-lumps around your anus
-pain around your anus
How you can treat or prevent piles
-drink lots of fluid and eat plenty of fibre to keep your poo soft
-wipe your bottom with damp toilet paper
-take paracetamol if piles hurt
-take a warm bath to ease itching and pain
-use an ice pack wrapped in a towel to ease discomfort
-gently push a pile back inside
-keep your bottom clean and dry
-cut down on alcohol and caffeine (like tea, coffee and cola) to avoid constipation
-do not wipe your bottom too hard after you poo
-do not ignore the urge to poo
-do not push too hard when pooing
-do not take painkillers that contain codeine, because they cause constipation
-do not take ibuprofen if your piles are bleeding
-do not spend more time than you need to on the toilet
Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:
there’s no improvement after 7 days of treatment at home
you keep getting piles
Your GP may prescribe stronger medicines for haemorrhoids or constipation.
What causes piles?
Piles are swollen blood vessels. It’s not clear what causes them.
Things that make piles more likely:
pushing too hard when pooing
pregnancy – read about piles during pregnancy
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
– Burning upon application of medication (especially if the mucus membrane is not intact)
Although most of the side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
symptoms of a severe allergic reaction:
– Difficulty breathing
– Skin blisters
– Sores or pain in the mouth or eyes
– Swelling of the mouth or throat
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.