Scheriproct Ointment (30g)

  • Relief from pain, irritation and itching that is associated with haemorrhoids
  • Symptoms should improve within 3 days
  • Contains local anaesthetic ingredients
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What is Scheriproct?

Scheriproct is an ointment that is used to relieve the pain, irritation and itching that is associated with haemorrhoids (piles).

It contains a local anaesthetic which works to relieve the pain, as well as a substance known as prednisolone hexanoate, which reduces inflammation.

Scheriproct is a short-term topical treatment that should not be used for longer than 7 days. It is only available to purchase on prescription.

What is Scheriproct used to treat?

Scheriproct ointment provides effective relief from the uncomfortable symptoms that come with haemorrhoids (piles), including itching, inflammation, pain and discomfort.

This medicine is only to be used in the short-term, but most people who use it will find that their symptoms have improved significantly after just a few days of continuous use.

Haemorrhoids occur when the blood vessels in and/or around the anus swell, creating hard lumps. This is a common condition that can occur in both adults and children, causing pain, itching and discomfort.

According to, 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

How does Scheriproct work?

The local anaesthetic medicine contained in this topical treatment is cinchocaine hydrochloride. This medicine works by blocking the body's pain signals from reaching the brain. This temporarily numbs the area the ointment has been applied to, relieving pain and discomfort.

Scheriproct also contains the corticosteroid prednisolone hexanoate, which works in the body's cells to reduce the chemicals that make the skin red, swollen, painful and itchy. When combined, these two ingredients provide comprehensive relief from the symptoms of piles.

How do I use Scheriproct?

Always use Scheriproct exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you. Read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

Gently but thoroughly wash and dry the anus and the surrounding skin before applying Scheriproct ointment.

In most cases, you will be told to apply the ointment twice a day, although for quick relief, you can apply it three or four times on the first day of use.

For internal haemorrhoids:

  • Screw the applicator onto the tube. Do not use if the applicator is damaged.
  • Squeeze the tube until the applicator has been filled with ointment. This is the equivalent to one dose of ointment.
  • Carefully insert the applicator inside the anus until the whole length of the applicator has been inserted.
  • Withdraw the applicator slowly while squeezing the tube.
  • Clean the applicator after each use. Use a cotton swab to remove any remaining ointment in the applicator and clean it again. Rinse the applicator under warm water for one minute, then dry with a paper towel.

For external haemorrhoids:

  • Squeeze a pea-sized amount of ointment onto your finger tip.
  • Gently spread it over the skin and just inside the anus, but do not rub it in.

Do not use this treatment for longer than 7 days.

Always wash your hands before and after you have applied Scheriproct ointment.

Read the patient information leaflet for full instructions.

Who can use Scheriproct?

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

You should only use Scheriproct if it has been prescribed for you by a doctor.

Do not use Scheriproct if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are allergic to prednisolone hexanoate, cinchocaine hydrochloride, any other local anaesthetics, or any of the other ingredients contained in this ointment
  • You have a viral infection, such as chickenpox or shingles
  • You have any untreated bacterial or fungal infections of the skin

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before you use this medicine.

This list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, for further details on precautions.

Can you buy Scheriproct over the counter?

No, Scheriproct must be prescribed by a doctor, so it is not available over the counter.

Can you buy Scheriproct online in the UK?

You can buy Scheriproct ointment online from Medicine Direct. However, as it is a prescription medicine, you will need to complete a simple and confidential online questionnaire for one of our registered prescribers to review. This is to make sure that the medicine is safe for you to take.

If you place your order by 2pm, we can also offer you next day delivery, allowing you to start your course of treatment almost immediately.

To safely order medicine online, you should never order it from anywhere other than a UK-registered pharmacy that is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct. We can guarantee our customers that all medication sold on our website is completely genuine and approved for use in the UK.

Scheriproct alternatives

While haemorrhoids can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable, the good news is that there are many different medicines available to treat this problem. Aside from Scheriproct, a number of other prescription treatments can be ordered from our pharmacy. Topical medicines like Uniroid and Xyloproct work to relieve piles in the same way as Scheriproct; these medicines also contain a corticosteroid and local anaesthetic to reduce swelling and ease pain.

A range of over the counter medicines can also be bought for piles. One of the most famous brands for this condition is Anusol. At Medicine Direct, we sell Anusol Plus HC, which comes as either an ointment or suppository; both contain the same combination of active ingredients and work to provide comprehensive relief from haemorrhoids within one week.

View our Haemorrhoids and Piles page to see the full range of treatments we stock.

You can also alleviate and prevent piles by making some lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Cutting down on alcohol and caffeine
  • Eating a high-fibre diet, incorporating plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly
  • Not sitting down for long periods
  • Going to the toilet as soon as you feel the need

Common Scheriproct side effects

Like all medicines Scheriproct ointment comes with the risk of some side effects, although they will not appear in everyone who uses it.

If you apply Scheriproct for longer than 7 days, you may experience thinning of the skin.

Some people who have used this treatment have also reported blurred vision as a side effect.

Speak to your doctor if you suffer from either of these problems.

Please refer to the Side Effects tab or read the patient information leaflet for more information on side effects.

Scheriproct Ointment Dosage and Directions 

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Scheriproct ointment.

What if I forget to use it?

If you forget to apply Scheriproct ointment, do not apply a double dose to try and make up for it. Just continue using it when you remember.

To help you remember to apply Scheriproct, try to apply the ointment at the same times every day. Some people find setting an alarm as a reminder is beneficial.

What if I use too much?

Using too much Scheriproct ointment or accidentally swallowing some is unlikely to cause you any harm. Speak to your doctor if you become worried.


Scheriproct Ointment Side effects

More details of side effects can be found on the main product page.

Some people have reported skin reactions.

In rare cases, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Scheriproct ointment. Call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you notice any of the following:

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

You could be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects and details on how to cope with them. If you are worried about getting side effects or have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start to apply this ointment.

Scheriproct Ointment Warnings

What precautions/interactions are there when using Scheriproct?

Before you start to apply this ointment, you must inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are already taking any other medication. This includes prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.

Certain medicines may increase the effects of Scheriproct ointment, including some medicines used in the treatment of HIV. If you need to take any of these medicines at the same time, your doctor may advise a different form of haemorrhoid treatment, or wish to monitor you more closely while you are using it.

Scheriproct ointment contains castor oil, castor oil hydrogenated and macrogol 400 monoricinoleate. These ingredients may cause skin reactions in some users.

It also contains perfume oil, chypre (fragrances), which may also cause allergic reactions.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a complete list of warnings and drug interactions. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before first applying the ointment if you have any concerns.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

There may be a possible risk to a baby's development when the pregnant mother is using Scheriproct. Like most medicines, this risk is likely to be at its height during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor before using Scheriproct if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.

We recommend BUMPs for additional information on piles during pregnancy.

Scheriproct Ointment Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Prednisolone hexanoate and Cinchocaine hydrochloride

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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