Anusol Plus HC 12 Suppositories

  • Treatment for both internal and external piles
  • Symptoms should clear within 7 days
  • Also available as Ointment
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What are Anusol Plus HC suppositories?

Anusol Plus HC suppositories are a treatment for the symptoms of anal itching and internal and external haemorrhoids (piles).

They contain the following active ingredients: hydrocortisone acetate, benzyl benzoate, bismuth subgallate, bismuth oxide, zinc oxide and balsam peru. Each of these ingredients possess different properties which work to relieve your symptoms and aid recovery.

Each pack contains 12 suppositories. You can buy Anusol Plus HC suppositories without a prescription. They are suitable for adults over 18 years old.

What is Anusol Plus HC Suppositories used to treat?

Anusol Plus HC is used in the treatment of haemorrhoids (piles). These suppositories should be inserted into the anus up to three times a day to relieve the problem.

Piles are a very common problem which will affect around 40% of people at some point during their lives. There are various different treatment options available to resolve this problem, but many people are too embarrassed to seek medical help.

According to Mayoclinic.org, there are a number of triggers that can cause haemorrhoids, including:

  • Stress
  • Constipation
  • Pregnancy
  • Straining during a bowel movement
  • Sitting down for too long
  • Obesity
  • Diarrhoea
  • Obesity
  • Anal intercourse
  • Heavy lifting
  • Low-fibre diet

Many people suffer for unnecessarily long periods of time with the condition because they are too embarrassed to seek medical attention. This condition can normally be treated quite easily and there are a wide variety of treatment options available to ease your symptoms.

How does Anusol Plus HC Suppositories work?

Each of the active ingredients contained in Anusol Plus HC suppositories have properties that can aid in the treatment of piles. These ingredients each work together in different ways to provide full relief:

  • Hydrocortisone acetate is a mild steroid which can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Balsam peru has a protective action on sore areas, which could help healing; it is also mildly antiseptic.
  • Benzyl benzoate also has mild antiseptic properties.
  • Zinc oxide and bismuth salts are mildly antiseptic and astringent, helping to soothe raw areas.

Anusol Plus HC suppositories can be used for up to one week. You should talk to your doctor if your piles have not cleared up after this time.

What is the difference between suppository and topical?

There are two main types of haemorrhoids, external and internal. Both have different symptoms and are treated in a slightly different way. Here are the main differences between topical treatment and suppositories to treat haemorrhoids.

External haemorrhoids are present around the opening of the anus and are easy to feel and see. Internal haemorrhoids occur inside the rectum and are harder to feel and see.

Topical treatments such as creams, ointments and pastes are typically used to treat external haemorrhoids as they can easily be applied to the affected area. 

Suppositories are typically used to treat internal haemorrhoids; they are inserted further into the anus where the medicine is absorbed by the rectal tissue. 

Suppositories should be applied 2 to 4 times daily for approximately 7 days. It is recommended to only use a suppository after a bowel movement to prevent it from being pushed out. 

Topical treatments on the other had can be used whenever you need relief from symptoms. Topical treatments are used more often than suppositories as the relief they give for symptoms are not as long lasting. This is because the suppository breaks down slower and is absorbed by the rectal tissue more slowly, suppressing symptoms for a longer period.

How to use Anusol Plus HC suppositories

Wash your hands before and after inserting these suppositories.

Insert one suppository into the anus as far as is comfortable. Do this up to three times a day for up to seven days.

If your haemorrhoids persist after seven days of treatment, speak to your doctor.

Read the patient information leaflet for full instructions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you aren’t sure.

Anusol Plus HC suppositories should only be applied rectally for internal piles. Do not swallow them.

Who can use Anusol Plus HC suppositories?

Anusol Plus HC suppositories are an effective treatment for the symptoms of piles, but they are not suitable for everyone.

Do not use this product if you have fungal, viral or bacterial skin sores.

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in these suppositories (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details).

This product should not be used by anyone who is under 18 years of age.

You should not use Anusol Plus HC suppositories without seeking medical advice first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking or have recently taken any other medication. Please refer to the Warnings tab for further details.

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly for comprehensive details on why Anusol Plus HC suppositories may not be suitable for you.

Can you buy Anusol Plus HC Suppositories over the counter?

You do not require a prescription to purchase this product, and it can be bought over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets.

Can you buy Anusol Plus HC Suppositories online in the UK?

You can buy Anusol Plus HC suppositories online from Medicine Direct without needing a prescription. All you need to do is fill out our simple and confidential online questionnaire; a certified prescriber will review your answers to ensure this medication is suitable for you.

Anusol Plus HC is available to order in packs of 12 suppositories from our online pharmacy. Place your order by 2pm and you will receive your medication the very next day.

Never order medicine online unless it is from a UK-registered pharmacy, like Medicine Direct.

All of our doctors are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the General Medical Council (GMC), which means they are fully qualified to prescribe medicine just like your local GP.

Anusol Plus HC Suppositories alternatives

Anusol Plus HC Ointment also comes available as a topical ointment. This ointment can also be bought without a prescription; it contains the same active ingredients as the suppository version of Anusol Plus HC and will get to work in the same way. Anusol Plus HC ointment is available from Medicine Direct.

We also sell prescription-strength medication for haemorrhoids. Topical treatments like Uniroid and Proctosedyl contain two active ingredients – a corticosteroid and a local anaesthetic – to provide comprehensive relief from piles. They will work to relieve pain and inflammation. You will need to complete an online consultation to be able to buy these medicines.

View our full range of treatments on the Haemorrhoids and Piles page.

Additionally, certain lifestyle changes can help to reduce your risk of suffering from piles. These include:

  • Eating a high-fibre diet
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Cutting down on how much tea, coffee and alcohol you drink
  • Eating fewer foods that are high in salt, sugar and fats
  • Eating more fresh fruit, vegetables and fish

Dosage, Directions and Usage

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Anusol Plus HC Suppositories.

Always use Anusol Plus HC suppositories as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of how to use them.

This product should not be used by anyone under 18 years old.

Do not swallow the product.

Storage

Store this product out of the sight and reach of children and do not store it in conditions above 25C.

What is the difference between Anusol and Anusol HC?


Anusol HC’s only difference to normal Anusol is that it contains the corticosteroid medicine, hydrocortisone acetate.

How long can Anusol Plus HC suppositories be used for?


Anusol Plus HC suppositories can be used for up to seven days. You must not use them for longer than this unless your doctor says so.

Is the suppository more effective than the ointment?


The suppositories and ointment contain the same ingredients, so it is purely down to personal preference as to which you use. However, suppositories are more suited to treating internal haemorrhoids, while the ointment can be used for both internal and external haemorrhoids.

Can I use Anusol Plus HC suppositories every day?


You should use them up to three times a day for a maximum of seven days.

How long do they take to work?


Anusol Plus HC suppositories should have treated your haemorrhoids within one week. If your haemorrhoids have not got any better after seven days of treatment, speak to your doctor for advice on what to do.

Can you burst a haemorrhoid?


You should never try to burst a haemorrhoid. If a haemorrhoid develops a blood clot within a vein, this can sometimes cause it to burst and bleed. Your doctor may decide that surgery is required to treat your haemorrhoids, but this will not be the case for everyone.

What should I do if Anusol doesn’t work?


If you have been using these suppositories for seven days and your haemorrhoids have not improved, you should speak to your doctor for advice. Do not keep using the suppositories for longer than seven days.

Can I stop haemorrhoids from coming back?


Eating a diet that incorporates plenty of fibre and greenery, exercising regularly, avoiding stress and not straining during a bowel movement are all things that can help to decrease the risk of haemorrhoids.

How long should I leave the suppository in for?


Leave the suppository in the back passage once it has been inserted. Once inserted, the suppository will melt, meaning you do not need to take it out.

Can I drink alcohol with it?


Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol while using Anusol Plus HC suppositories. However, cutting back on how much alcohol you drink may help to ease your haemorrhoids.

Side effects

Like all medicines, Anusol Plus HC suppositories come with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone who uses this product will get them.

While using Anusol Plus HC suppositories, you ay suffer sensitivity, including itching or pain while using the medicine.

Speak to your doctor if this bothers you or does not go away.

If you suffer rectal bleeding as a result of using Anusol Plus HC suppositories, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can.

Severe allergic reaction

In very rare cases, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Anusol Plus HC suppositories.

You must either dial 999 or go to A&E straight away if:

  • You are wheezing
  • You develop a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have swelling around the affected area or anywhere else on your body
  • You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
  • You have tightness in the throat or chest

You may require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full side effects.

If you are worried about side effects, we advise you to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Anusol HC Plus.

Warnings and drug interactions

Before using this medicine, you should make sure that your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are currently taking any other medication. Inform them if you are currently taking, or have recently taken any prescription or non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements as some medicines may interact with Anusol Plus HC Suppositories.

If you suffer rectal bleeding as a result of using Anusol Plus HC suppositories, stop using them and seek medical attention.

Anusol Plus HC comes in packets of 12 suppositories, but you should not use more than three in one day.

Do not keep using this medicine for longer than 7 days. If your symptoms have not improved or gotten worse after using these suppositories for 7 days, you should speak to your doctor for advice on alternative treatments. They may refer you for tests to rule out something more serious.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Anusol Plus HC suppositories are not recommended for use during pregnancy and during breastfeeding.

Speak to your doctor or pharmcist if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

Anusol HC Suppositories Ingredients

The main active ingredients within this medicine are: Zinc oxide, Benzyl benzoate, Bismuth oxide, Bismuth, Subgallate, Balsam peru and Hydrocortisone acetate

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 03/08/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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