Proctosedyl Ointment (30g)

  • Treats Haemorrhoids and Piles
  • Improves symptoms wihtin 7 days
  • Reduces pain and swelling
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What is Proctosedyl Ointment?

Proctosedyl is an ointment that contains two different active ingredients: cinchocaine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone.

This ointment used to treat the pain and discomfort that comes with haemorrhoids. It is prescribed to provide short-term relief from these symptoms and should not be used for longer than 7 days.

How can I buy Proctosedyl ointment online safely?

Proctosedyl ointment is only available to purchase when you have a prescription. To safely order medicine online, you should only ever order from a UK-registered pharmacy, like Medicine Direct. We are fully registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which means we can guarantee that all of our medicine is approved and safe to use.

To order Proctosedyl ointment from our website, just complete a short online consultation with a registered doctor or pharmacist. After reviewing your answers, they will prescribe Proctosedyl if they find it to be a safe ointment for you to use. This prescription then allows you to order your medicine from our online pharmacy; place your order by 2pm to receive next day delivery.

What is Proctosedyl used to treat?

Proctosedyl ointment is mostly used to treat the unpleasant symptoms which are associated with haemorrhoids, such as pain, itching and irritation.

How does Proctosedyl Ointment help Haemorrhoids?

Proctosedyl ointment comes in a tube that has an attachable plastic applicator, which makes it easy and hygienic to apply.

This ointment contains two different active ingredients. One active ingredient is cinchocaine hydrochloride, which is a local anaesthetic that blocks the pain messages along the nerve fibres at the area of treatment.

The second active ingredient is a corticosteroid medicine called hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone works by relieving the pain and inflammation that comes with haemorrhoids. Inflammation is the result of an immune response that makes your blood vessels widen; this causes the affected area to become red, painful and swollen. This medicine works within the cell to reduce the substances that cause this inflammation.

Who can use Proctosedyl ointment?

Proctosedyl ointment is an effective short-term treatment for the symptoms of haemorrhoids, but it is not suitable for everyone to use.

Do not use Proctosedyl ointment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in this medicine (please refer to the Ingredients tab for a full list of substances), or if you have any kind of infection.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if:

  • You are currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • There is a possibility that you are pregnant
  • You are trying to get pregnant

Read the patient information leaflet for full information on who may not be suitable to use Proctosedyl ointment. If you are not sure if this medicine is suitable for you, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Proctosedyl ointment comes with the risk of side effects, although not everyone will be affected by them.

You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects last for longer than a few days or become severe:

  • Thinning of the skin
  • Blurred vision
  • Skin rash

Please note, this list may not be exhaustive. See the Side Effects tab for further details; always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects.

How to use Proctosedyl Ointment

Always use Proctosedyl ointment exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you. Read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Apply Proctosedyl to your anus in the morning, evening and after each bowel movement. Only apply this ointment to your back passage and the surrounding areas. Do not apply it to your face; do not swallow it or get it in your eyes.

Do not use Proctosedyl ointment for longer than 7 days.

If you feel this medicine is too strong or not strong enough, do not alter your dose without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist about it.

How do I use Proctosedyl?

Always use this medicine as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.

To apply the ointment to external haemorrhoids:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of the ointment onto your fingertip.
  3. Gently rub the ointment over the affected area.
  4. After you have applied the ointment, wash your hands again.

To apply to internal haemorrhoids:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Screw the plastic nozzle onto the end of the tube.
  3. Gently insert the nozzle into your anus.
  4. As you pull the nozzle out, squeeze the tube gently.
  5. Do not move for 1 or 2 minutes.
  6. After use, wash your hands and the nozzle.

What if I use too much?

If you use this Proctosedyl for longer than 7 days, speak to your doctor.

What if I forget to use it?

If you forget to apply the ointment, just apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next scheduled application, just skip the dose you missed and keep using Proctosedyl ointment as normal.

Never use a double dose to try and make up for missing a previous one.

What does Proctosedyl Ointment contain?


Proctosedyl ointment contains two active ingredients: cinchocaine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone. It also contains wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin.

Why can I only buy one tube of Proctosedyl online at one time?


This medicine is only available to purchase on prescription. Therefore, we can only legally sell this product one tube at a time. This medicine should only be used in the short term, for no longer than 7 days. Because of this, one tube should be sufficient. If you are still suffering from pain and discomfort after 7 days, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Is it safe to buy Proctosedyl online?


Buying this medicine online from Medicine Direct is completely safe, because we are a fully registered UK pharmacy that is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). All of our medical professionals are fully qualified and registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the MHRA and the General Medical Council (GMC), which means they are legally qualified to prescribe Proctosedyl just like your local GP.

Is Proctosedyl available for next day delivery?


Yes, if you order by 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your medication.

How do I buy Proctosedyl online?


To order Proctosedyl ointment from Medicine Direct, just complete an online consultation on our website. The questionnaire you will need to complete is completely confidential and will be reviewed by a certified medical professional. As long as they deem it suitable, a registered doctor or pharmacist will give you a prescription to purchase this medicine from our online pharmacy. You can then place your order on our website and we will have it with you in a few short working days. If you order by 2pm, next day delivery is available.

What are the advantages of buying Proctosedyl online?


Ordering medicine online removes the process of waiting days, or even weeks, to see your local GP. Using our online consultation service, you can have your symptoms reviewed straight away by a qualified medical professional, who is able to prescribe you an appropriate treatment that same day. Buying your medicine online means that you do not even need to leave the house to be assessed. You can complete our online form from the comfort of your own home and also order your medicine from our online pharmacy.

How long does it take for Proctosedyl to work?


This is normally a seven-day course of treatment. You should start to see an improvement after a few days, with a noticeable difference after 7 days. If your haemorrhoids have not improved after 7 days, do not keep using this treatment. Speak to your doctor for further guidance.

How does Proctosedyl work?


This medicine contains two active ingredients. One is a local anaesthetic called cinchocaine hydrochloride, which blocks the pain messages that are sent along the nerve fibres, preventing the pain signals from reaching your brain. This causes the affected area to become numb, relieving the pain, itching and discomfort. Hydrocortisone is the second active ingredient. This corticosteroid medicine works by reducing inflammation.

Can I use other piles treatments with Proctosedyl?


Painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol can be taken alongside this ointment if you are experiencing pain. However, you are not advised to use another treatment for haemorrhoids at the same time as using this Proctosedyl.

How severe should my haemorrhoids be to use Proctosedyl Ointment?


This medicine is normally prescribed to treat mild to moderate haemorrhoids (first to second degree).

What if Proctosedyl doesn't work?


If this medicine does not work, do not use it for longer than 7 days. Make an appointment to see your doctor if you find that this ointment has not worked after the course of treatment.

Should I stop using Proctosedyl as soon as my piles clear up?


If you find that your haemorrhoids are improving while using this ointment, keep using it for two more days (as long as this does not mean using it for longer than seven consecutive days). This will help to treat any remaining haemorrhoids.

If I stop using Proctosedyl, will my piles return?


Proctosedyl may clear your piles to a point where certain lifestyle changes and non-prescription treatments can be combined to keep them away. However, some people might find that the problem returns from time to time. This might be the result of a trigger, like constipation or stress. Do not use this prescription medicine as a prevention against haemorrhoids from coming back.

I'm under 18, can I use Proctosedyl?


You will need to speak to your local GP if you are under the age of 18 and suffering from haemorrhoids. They will be able to assess whether it is safe for you to use this ointment.

It cleared up my piles but they have come back, can I use Proctosedyl again?


You can restart treatment if your piles come back, but you must not apply it for longer than 7 days at a time. If you find that it is less effective a second time, speak to your doctor. An examination may be required for an alternative treatment to be prescribed.

Is there anything else I can do whilst I am using Proctosedyl to help my haemorrhoids?


You should make sure you regularly clean the affected areas. This will prevent the symptoms getting worse and reduce the risk of infection. Wash twice a day with warm water and use a mild cleanser. Do not scrub the area as this may make your symptoms even worse. Aside from washing the area, you should also: Eat a balanced diet that is high in fibre. Avoid straining when having a bowel movement. Take regular exercise. Drink plenty of water

Where can I find out more information about piles and haemorrhoids?


You can find out more about this problem on our website.

Proctosedyl Ointment Side Effects

Using this ointment for a long time may cause adrenal suppression.

Symptoms of this include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Feeling hungry or nervous
  • Fits

Serious allergic reaction

Call 999 or go to A&E immediately if you have any of the following symptoms. You may be having a serious allergic reaction and require treatment in hospital straight away;

  • You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
  • You have a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You are wheezing
  • Your mouth, face, throat, lips or tongue starts swelling

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

Proctosedyl Ointment Warnings

Before you start taking a new medicine, inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicine you are already taking. This includes prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Certain medicines can increase the effects of Proctosedyl ointment, including some medicines to treat HIV.

If you experience blurred vision while using Proctosedyl ointment, you should not drive, cycle or operate machinery. Seek medical attention straight away if you get blurred vision while using this medication.

This medication contains wool fat (lanolin). This ingredient may cause local skin reactions, such as contact dermatitis.

Always read the patient information for a comprehensive list of warnings and precautions. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using it.

Proctosedyl Ointment Ingredients

Proctosedyl ointment contains two active ingredients: cinchocaine hydrochloride and hydrocortisone.

It also contains wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin.

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