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

What is Xyloproct?

Xyloproct is an ointment intended to relieve symptoms associated with haemorrhoids, such as anal and peri-anal itching (pruritis).

How does Xyloproct work?

Xyloproct contains two active ingredients; a corticosteroid called hydrocortisone and a local anaesthetic called lidocaine.

The corticosteroid reduces the inflammation at the site of application. It does this by preventing the cells from producing certain inflammatory substances. This relieves the swelling and redness around the bottom and helps to reduce the size of piles.

The local anaesthetic blocks nerve signals, numbing the area the ointment is applied to and soothing the pain.

How to use Xyloproct?

The ointment can be applied directly to external piles and internal piles, using the supplied applicator. The amount of the ointment you should use depending on the size of the area affected, though you shouldn't use more than 6g of Xyloproct a day.

Always wash your hands before and after applying Xyloproct.

Xyloproct side effects and cautions

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everyone gets them. Understanding the risks associated with your medicines and remaining vigilant of changes which could be caused by the medicine is vital to your care.

Potential side effects associated with Xyloproct may include redness, swelling and itching where Xyloproct is applied.

If you notice the signs of allergic reaction, stop using Xyloproct immediately and seek urgent medical attention. Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash or hives on the skin
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat

Stop using Xyloproct and speak to your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Bleeding from your back passage
  • Soreness in your back passage

Xyloproct is not suitable for everyone. Before you take Xyloproct, speak to your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • You have an infection where the ointment will be applied
  • You or someone in your family have porphyria
  • Your sin is thin and fragile around the area you will be applying the ointment

Do not use Xyloproct if:

  • You are allergic to lidocaine, hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet
  • You have an infection where the ointment is going to be applied which is not being treated
  • You have ever had an allergic reaction to other local anaesthetics or to other corticosteroid medicines
  • You take medicines for an uneven heartbeat (such as amiodarone or sotalol)

Frequently asked questions about Xyloproct

Can I use Xyloproct when pregnant?

No, do not use Xyloproct if you are pregnant. If you are suffering from haemorrhoids while pregnant, speak to your doctor, who will be able to provide suitable treatment.

If you become pregnant while using Xyloproct, stop using the medicine and talk to your doctor.

Can I use Xyloproct while breastfeeding?

Do not use Xyloproct if you are breastfeeding unless your doctor has explicitly informed you that it is safe to do so.

Your doctor should assess the risk of using Xyloproct while you are breastfeeding.

Will Xyloproct interact with any other medicines I take?

Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic active in Xyloproct, can interact with anti-arrhythmic drugs, such as amiodarone or sotalol. If you are taking medicine to treat heart arrhythmia, speak to your doctor to determine whether Xyloproct is suitable for you

You should avoid using other local anaesthetic agents while taking Xyloproct.

Can I drink alcohol while using Xyloproct?

While alcohol should not interfere with the effectiveness of Xyloproct, it may adversely affect your haemorrhoids.

Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages should be avoided or limited while treating haemorrhoids because they can exhibit diuretic effects. This results in less water being absorbed by your body and can lead to constipation, increasing the difficulty of passing stools and causing unnecessary strain and

Instead, drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in fibre to loosen your stools, making them easier to excrete.

Table of contents

What is Xyloproct?

How does Xyloproct work?

How to use Xyloproct?

Xyloproct side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Related information

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Treatment information

  • Product Name: Xyloproct
  • Manufacturer: Aspen
  • Active ingredient(s): Hydrocortisone and Lidocaine
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Ointment
  • Available Strength: Lidocaine 5%, Hydrocortisone 0.275%
  • Exemption: Prescription Only
  • Application: Men and women over 18 with haemorrhoids
  • Dosage: Take as prescribed by your doctor
  • Description: A topical haemorrhoid treatment containing a corticosteroid and local anaes
  • Drug Class: Local anaesthetic
  • Alcohol Consumption: Avoid or limit alcohol consumption
  • When Pregnant: Do not take while pregnant. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not take while breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice
Click here to view the Xyloproct - Patient Information Leaflet

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