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How Long Does Scheriproct Take To work?

Haemorrhoid painScheriproct is used to provide relief from painful haemorrhoids.

Haemorrhoids (piles) are enlarged swollen veins found around the outside of the anus or inside the lower rectum. The rectum is the last part of the digestive tract and leads to the anus, the opening where faeces leaves the body.

Haemorrhoidal tissue comprises blood vessels, connective tissue, and some muscle. The haemorrhoids become more common as we age. It can be caused by various reasons such as:

  • Straining to make a bowel movement due to constipation
  • Lifting heavy objects and other strenuous activities
  • Experiencing increased pressure during pregnancy
  • Being overweight

While haemorrhoids can be painful, they are not usually dangerous or life-threatening, and can go away on their own according to the NHS. There are treatments available, such as Scheriproct, that can relieve symptoms in just a couple of days.

Scheriproct works in two ways to relieve the unpleasant symptoms of haemorrhoids.

Firstly, Scheriproct contains a local anaesthetic called cinchocaine. This reduces pain, itching and discomfort by numbing the affected area.

The treatment also contains prednisolone – an anti-inflammatory that reduces pain and swelling.

Scheriproct is available as an ointment and internal suppositories. But just how long do they take to treat haemorrhoids?

Read on to find out how long the different formulations of Scheriproct take to bring relief from piles.

How long does Scheriproct ointment take to work?

Scheriproct ointment is primarily used to treat external haemorrhoids, but can also be used to treat internal haemorrhoids using the provided applicator.

It usually takes between 5 and 7 days for Scheriproct ointment to bring relief from haemorrhoids.

Do not use Scheriproct ointment for more than 7 days without consulting your doctor. Long term use of topical steroids can cause higher than prescribed amounts of the ointment to be absorbed through the skin, increasing the chances of side effects.

If your symptoms do not improve after using Scheriproct ointment for 7 consecutive days, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

How long do Scheriproct suppositories take to work?

Scheriproct suppositories are used to treat internal haemorrhoids. They are inserted into the back passage (anus), where they melt and the active ingredients are absorbed through the lining of the colon.

Similar to the ointment, Scheriproct suppositories typically take between 5 and 7 days to bring relief from internal haemorrhoids.

Again, you should not use Scheriproct suppositories for longer than 7 days without first consulting a doctor.

The dual-action of Scheriproct ointment and suppositories provide effective relief from both internal and external piles within 5-7 days.

 However, if you do not notice an improvement in your condition after using Scheriproct for 7 days, speak to your doctor.

While treating heamorrhoids, take care not to aggravate your condition further. Check out our other article about 7 things you should avoid while you have piles.


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  • Relieves itching and discomfort
  • Available as ointment or suppository
  • Dispensed from UK registered pharmacy

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Published on: 17/02/2022 Reviewed on: 18/05/2023
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