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Mohamed Imran Lakhi Content Administrator GPhC: 2060586 Updated on: 26/05/2020 Next review: 26/11/2020

What is Proctosedyl ointment?

Proctosedyl is a topical haemorrhoid treatment which contains two ingredients; hydrocortisone and cinchocaine. It is presented as an ointment which, when applied to the affected area, provides relief from painful piles for between five and seven days.

You can buy Proctosedyl with confidence from Prescription Doctor, who can deliver your treatment discreetly straight to your door.

How does Proctosedyl ointment work?

Proctosedyl contains two ingredients which work in tandem to provide effective relief from the discomfort and pain which can sometimes come from haemorrhoids.

Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid which reduces swelling and inflammation. It does this by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals from cells.

Cinchocaine is a local anaesthetic. This block pain signals being sent to the brain along the nerves. It numbs the area of application and provides temporary relief from pain.

Can the ointment be used for both internal and external haemorrhoids?

The ointment can be used to treat both internal and external haemorrhoids.

How do I use Proctosedyl ointment?

Proctosedyl ointment is applied directly onto the affected area.

Before applying the ointment, wash the affected area and gently dry.

To treat external haemorrhoids:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Squeeze a small amount of ointment onto your fingertip
  3. Gently rub a small layer of ointment over the painful or itching area
  4. Wash your hands

To treat internal haemorrhoids:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Screw the plastic nozzle (provided) onto the tube
  3. Insert the nozzle into the back passage
  4. Squeeze the tube gently as you slowly pull it out
  5. Stay still for one or two minutes
  6. Wash your hands and the nozzle

Always wash your hands after every application of this medicine.

Proctosedyl side effects and cautions

All medicines have the potential of causing side effects, though not everybody gets them. Understanding the side effects to look out for is important to your care.

Possible side effects of Proctosedyl may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Skin rash
  • Thinning of the skin

If you experience any side effects, whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, please inform your doctor or speak to a pharmacist.

What should I do if I experience an allergic reaction?

If you experience the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, cease using the medicine immediately and seek appropriate medical attention. Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Rash
  • Breathing trouble
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat

Who should not take Proctosedyl?

Do not take Proctosedyl if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

Proctosedyl is not suitable for everyone. Speak to your doctor before using Proctosedyl if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are breastfeeding
  • You are planning on becoming pregnant
  • You are pregnant
  • You are taking HIV medication (ritonavir, cobicistat)

Will Proctosedyl interact with any other medicines I am taking?

Please inform our prescriber of all the medicine you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter and natural medicines such as health supplements.

How to stay safe when taking Proctosedyl?

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes. If you accidentally get some treatment in your eye, rinse your eyes with water. If you experience pain in your eyes, even after rinsing your eyes, seek emergency medical attention.

Do not use this medicine for more than 7 days. If you accidentally use this medicine for more than 7 days, inform your doctor as soon as possible.

Always store medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Frequently asked questions about Proctosedyl

What should I do if I use more of the medicine than I should?

Avoid applying more of this ointment than necessary. Applying more ointment will not treat your symptoms faster, but may increase your risk of experiencing side effect

If you realise you use more of the medicine than recommended, it may indicate that this treatment is not right for you.

Speak to your doctor if you feel Proctosedyl is not working for you.

What should I do if I forget to use the medicine when I should?

If you forget to use your ointment, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue using the ointment as you normally would.

Are haemorrhoids and piles the same?

Haemorrhoids and piles are the same conditions. Pile is a colloquial term for the condition.

Will Proctosedyl affect my ability to drive?

If you experience visual disturbances while using Proctosedyl, do not drive or operate machinery.

Can I drink alcohol while using Proctosedyl?

It is unlikely that Proctosedyl will be affected by alcohol. However, you may want to eliminate or reduce your intake of alcohol if you are suffering from haemorrhoids.

Table of contents

What is Proctosedyl ointment?

How does Proctosedyl ointment work?

How do I use Proctosedyl ointment?

Proctosedyl ointment side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Related information

Avoid these 7 things if you have haemorrhoids

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Proctosedyl
  • Active Ingredient(s): Hydrocortisone and Cinchocaine
  • Manufacturer: Sanofi
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Ointment
  • Exemption: Pharmacy
  • Application: Adults with painful haemorrhoids
  • Description: A topical anaesthetic for relieving the pain and discomfort of piles
  • Drug class: Local anaesthetic
  • Alcohol consumption: No influence
  • When breastfeeding: Tell your prescriber if you are breastfeeding
  • When pregnant: Tell your prescriber if you are pregnant
Click here to view the Proctosedyl - Patient Information Leaflet

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