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Buy Proctosedyl Online UK

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

You can buy Proctosedyl online from Prescription Doctor, following a quick consultation with one of our doctors. If approved by our doctor before 3pm weekdays, our UK pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your order the same day via a discreet next-day delivery.

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids (piles) are small lumps in or around the anus, which develop due to increased pressure in the surrounding blood vessels, resulting in swelling and inflammation.

In many cases, haemorrhoids are painless and clear up after a few days. Other cases may be painful and discomforting. In these instances, you should speak to your doctor about available treatments.

It is possible to be unaware of the condition, but haemorrhoids can cause several unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • bleeding after passing stool
  • distended lumps hanging from the anus
  • itching around the anus (anal pruritus)
  • mucus discharge after passing stool
  • soreness, redness and swelling around the anus

Diagnosis of haemorrhoids is usually made based on the physical symptoms alone.

If you are experiencing haemorrhoids for the first time, or if you experience any rectal bleeding, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

The main cause of haemorrhoids is often associated with excessive pressure exerted upon the blood vessels surrounding the anal area. There are numerous factors which contribute to the development of haemorrhoids, including:

  • age
  • bring overweight or obese
  • chronic diarrhoea
  • extended periods of sitting
  • heavy lifting
  • pregnancy
  • straining when constipated

There are various ways you can prevent haemorrhoids, including drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy and balanced diet enriched with fibre, and exercising regularly.

How does Proctosedyl ointment work?

Proctosedyl contains two active ingredients (hydrocortisone and cinchocaine) 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 dry it gently.

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 after application.

To treat internal haemorrhoids:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Screw the plastic application nozzle (provided) onto the tube
  3. Insert the nozzle into your 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 applicator nozzle after use

Always wash your hands after every application of this medicine.

What should I do if I use more Proctosedyl than I should?

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

If you realise you need to 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 Proctosedyl when I should?

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

Do not use more Proctosedyl ointment to make up for a dose you missed.

Proctosedyl side effects and cautions

All medicines have the potential of causing side effects, though not everybody gets them. You should familiarise yourself with the possible side effects and cautions associated with using Proctosedyl, which you can find in the patient information leaflet (PIL) supplied with your medicine.

Side effects

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.


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

If you experience the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop 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?

Proctosedyl is not suitable for everyone. Speak to your doctor before using Proctosedyl if you are:

  • breastfeeding
  • pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
  • 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 Proctosedyl ointment in your eyes, rinse them out 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 Proctosedyl ointment out of the sight and reach of children and pets.

Frequently asked questions about Proctosedyl

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 have haemorrhoids, because alcohol can cause dehydration, leading to constipation which worsens the symptoms of haemorrhoids.

Can I use Proctosedyl while pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant, intend on becoming pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor for further advice before using Proctosedyl.

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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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