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|Type of medicine||Steroid and local anaesthetic|
|Works by||Helping to relieve pain, discomfort and itching as well as reducing the size of the piles themselves|
|Active ingredient||hydrocortisone 5 mg and cinchocaine hydrochloride 5 mg|
|Effective within||30 mins|
|Pack size||30g tube|
|Strength||Hydrocortisone 5 mg and cinchocaine hydrochloride 5 mg|
|Common side effects||Skin rash, Thinning of the skin|
|Use with alcohol||No known effect|
Uniroid HC Information
What is Uniroid-HC and what is it used for?
Uniroid-HC Ointment is a dual-action formula containing two active ingredients; Cinchocaine Hydrochloride and Hydrocortisone. It is primarily used to treat internal and external Haemorrhoids (piles) helping to relieve pain, discomfort and itching as well as reducing the size of the piles themselves.
Uniroid-HC Ointment is suitable for treating external haemorrhoids around the anal area through direct application. If the Haemorrhoids are internal, the ointment can be applied by using the plastic nozzle included with every tube. This nozzle screws onto the top of the tube, allowing for comfortable insertion into the rectum.
Uniroid-HC Ointment is manufactured in The UK by Chemidex Pharma and is classed as a prescription-only medicine (POM). Uniroid-HC Ointment is available in a 30g tube, which comes with an attachable plastic nozzle and a comprehensive patient information leaflet (PIL).
How does Uniroid-HC work?
The first active ingredient contained in Uniroid-HC ointment, Cinchocaine belongs to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics. These medicines act by blocking the pain messages along the nerve fibres below the skin of the application site. This prevents the pain signals from reaching the brain and causes a numbing sensation in the area where the ointment has been applied.
The second active ingredient, Hydrocortisone belongs to a category of medicines known as Corticosteroids. These medicines reduce and relieve pain and inflammation. Inflammation is caused by an immune response that causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in the affected area becoming red, painful, itchy and swollen. Hydrocortisone works from within the cell, actively reducing the substances 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.
Alternatives to Uniroid-HC
Uniroid-HC ointment can be used to help manage and treat both internal and external piles, Proctosedyl Ointment is a direct alternative to this treatment. For further details on prescription-only treatments please take a look at our Advice for Haemorrhoids page.
Alternate OTC (over-the-counter) Medication
There are many OTC medicines available from ourselves and your local pharmacy to buy, these may be all you need, so you should try these first before moving on a prescription-only medication, here is a list of a couple that are commonly stocked.
- Ansusol Cream
- Anusol HC Ointment & Suppositories
- Germoloids Cream & Ointment
- Preparation H
Uniroid HC warnings
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 Uniroid-HC ointment. Signs of an allergic reaction include a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, and 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 Uniroid-HC.
Uniroid-HC and 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 Uniroid-HC can affect the way some other medicines work. Also, some medicines can affect the way Uniroid-HC works.
Uniroid-HC, 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 breastfeeding.
Before using this medication please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
How to use Uniroid HC
Always use Uniroid-HC ointment exactly as prescribed. If you are unsure, check your patient information leaflet for further instructions or contact us for further advice from one of our healthcare professionals.
- Only apply Uniroid-HC 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 advice from a healthcare professional.
How to apply Uniroid-HC ointment to external haemorrhoids:
- 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 apply some ointment deeper into your back passage for internal haemorrhoids:
- 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
Uniroid HC ingredients
Uniroid-HC Ointment contains the following acting ingredients: Hydrocortisone (5 mg in 1 g of ointment) and cinchocaine hydrochloride (5 mg in 1 g of ointment).
Uniroid HC ointment also contains the following inactive ingredients: Cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin
Uniroid HC side effects
Like all medicines, Uniroid-HC ointment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you do suffer from 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.