Proctosedyl Ointment contains two active ingredients; Cinchocaine Hydrochloride and Hydrocortisone. It is mainly used to treat Haemorrhoids (piles). Proctosedyl Ointment is manufactured in The UK by Sanofi-Aventis and is classified as a prescription-only-medicine (POM). Proctosedyl Ointment is available in a 30g tube, which comes with an attachable plastic applicator and a comprehensive patient information leaflet (PIL).
The active ingredient, Cinchocaine belongs to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics. These medicines work by blocking the pain messages along the nerve fibres at the point of application. This prevents the pain signals from reaching the brain. This will cause a numbing sensation in the area where the ointment has been applied. When treating Haemorrhoids, using a local anaesthetic such as Cinchocaine will numb the pain and itching associated with piles.
The other active ingredient, Hydrocortisone belongs to a category of medicines known as Corticosteroids. These medicines work to reduce and relieve pain and inflammation. Inflammation is caused by an immune response that causes blood vessels to dilate (widen), resulting in the affected area becoming red, painful, itchy and swollen. Hydrocortisone works from within the cell. It actively reduces the substances produced that trigger the inflammation. When Hydrocortisone is used topically to treat Haemorrhoids, it will effectively reduce the painful inflammation and swelling caused by this condition.
When combined in Proctosedyl Ointment, these two active ingredients provide effective short-term relief for the treatment and management of piles and anal itching. Proctosedyl Ointment is suitable for treating external haemorrhoids around the anal area through direct application. If the Haemorrhoids are internal, the ointment can still be applied by using the plastic applicator included with every tube. This applicator or nozzle screws onto the top of the tube, allowing for comfortable insertion into the rectum. If your haemorrhoids are solely internal then suppositories such as Anusol HC Suppositories, may be a more suitable choice.
Always use Proctosedyl ointment exactly as prescribed. If you are unsure, check your patient information leaflet for further instructions or contact us for further advise from one of our healthcare professionals.
- Only apply Proctosedyl to your back passage and the surrounding areas. Do not apply to the face or other parts of the body.
- Apply this medicine in the morning, evening and after each bowel movement.
- If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, do not change the dose yourself, seek further advise from a healthcare professional.
How to apply Proctosedyl ointment
- Wash your hands
- Squeeze a small amount of the ointment onto your fingertip
- Gently rub a small layer of ointment over the sore, painful or itching area
- Wash your hands
If you need to to apply some ointment deeper into your back passage for internal haemorrhoids/piles:
- Wash your hands
- Screw the plastic nozzle provided onto the tube
- Insert the nozzle into the back passage
- Squeeze the tube gently as you slowly pull it out
- Stay still for 1 or 2 minutes
- Wash your hands and the nozzle
Like all medicines, Proctosedyl ointment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you do suffer with side effects they are normally mild and last a few days. They can include:
- Skin rash
- Thinning of the skin
If you have used this ointment for a long time, it is possible that you could get something called ‘adrenal suppression’. Signs include lack of appetite, pain in the stomach, weight loss, feeling sick or being sick, lack of concentration, a feeling of hunger, nervousness and fits.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed.
You should not order this medicine online and see your doctor if:
- You are allergic (hypersensitive) to cinchocaine hydrochloride, hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients of Proctosedyl ointment. Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
- You have any kind of infection.
Do not use this medicine if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Proctosedyl.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because Proctosedyl can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the way Proctosedyl works.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This medicine is unsuitable to order online if:
- You are pregnant, might become pregnant or think you may be pregnant
- You are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed
Ask your doctor or midwife for advice before taking any medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Proctosedyl ointment
This medicine contains wool fat (lanolin) which may cause local skin reactions such as contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis causes redness, itching or irritation of the skin.
Each gram of Proctosedyl ointment contains 5 milligrams of the active substance, cinchocaine hydrochloride and 5 milligrams of the active substance hydrocortisone. The other ingredients are wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin.