Uniroid HC Ointment (30g)

  • Relieves symptoms of internal & external haemorrhoids
  • Effective relief from the pain, discomfort and itching
  • Easy application
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What is Uniroid HC?

Uniroid HC ointment is a topical treatment that is used to provide short-term relief from the pain and itching caused by external and internal haemorrhoids (piles).

It contains a corticosteroid medicine and a local anaesthetic for reduced swelling and discomfort. This medication is also available to purchase as a suppository.

Uniroid HC is only available on prescription.

What is Uniroid HC used to treat?

Uniroid HC ointment provides effective relief from the pain, discomfort and itching that comes with both external and internal haemorrhoids (piles).

This medication can be used by adults and children who are at least 12 years old.

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 Uniroid HC work?

Uniroid HC contains two active ingredients (hydrocortisone and cinchocaine hydrochloride) which work in different ways to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of haemorrhoids.

Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of medicines known as corticosteroids, which are used to relieve inflammation. When used in and around the anal area for piles, hydrocortisone reduces the swelling and itching that is caused by haemorrhoids.

Cinchocaine hydrochloride is a local anaesthetic medicine that blocks your nerve endings from sending pain signals to the brain. This, in turn, relieves the pain.

How do I use Uniroid HC Ointment?

For effective relief, always use Uniroid HC ointment exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist for further guidance if you are still not sure.

Do not use this medicine for longer than 7 days. Uniroid HC should not be used by children under the age of 12.

To open the tube for the first time, remove the cap, turn it upside down and use it to pierce the seal over the nozzle.

Before applying the ointment, gently wash the area around the anus with water and dry gently using cotton wool.

Do not apply the ointment with toilet paper.

Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying the ointment.

Dosage

Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor, adults and children aged 12 and above should apply the ointment twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, and also after each bowel movement.

You must not use this treatment for longer than 7 days. If your problem has not improved after using Uniroid HC ointment for 7 days, please talk to your doctor.

For external haemorrhoids:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Apply a small amount of ointment onto your finger.
  3. Spread the ointment onto the affected area, but do not rub it in.

For internal haemorrhoids:

  1. Screw the plastic applicator nozzle that came with the ointment onto the end of the tube and insert the nozzle into the anus.
  2. Slowly pull the nozzle from your back passage while also squeezing the tube gently from the lower end.
  3. Unscrew the nozzle from the tube and wash it thoroughly in hot, soapy water. Always wash the nozzle and your hands thoroughly, before and after applying the ointment.

Do not apply a dressing to the affected area after using the ointment, including plasters and bandages. This can work to cause an allergic reaction. You can cover the affected area with clothing, though.

You will also receive step by step instructions in the patient information leaflet which will accompany the medicine.

Who can use Uniroid HC ointment?

Uniroid HC ointment is not a suitable treatment for everyone to use.

Do not use Uniroid HC if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are allergic to cinchocaine hydrochloride or any other local anaesthetics
  • You are allergic to hydrocortisone or any other steroid medicines
  • You have tuberculosis
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in this treatment (please refer to the Ingredients tab for a full list)
  • You have any form of skin infection

This treatment should not be used by children who are under the age of 12, unless a doctor has specifically prescribed it for them.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this treatment if you have ever had a bad reaction to Uniroid HC or any other similar medicines in the past.

Can you buy Uniroid HC ointment over the counter?

No, Uniroid HC is only available on prescription. You cannot buy it over the counter.

Can you buy Uniroid HC online in the UK?

You must have a prescription to buy Uniroid HC ointment. After completing an online consultation, you can order this treatment from Medicine Direct; one of our registered prescribers will review your answers and make sure that this medication is safe for you to use.

You can then place your order with our UK-based pharmacy and your medicine will be with you in a few short days. If your order is placed by 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery.

For your own safety, you should never order any medicine online unless it is from a UK-registered pharmacy, like Medicine Direct. We are fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Uniroid HC alternatives

Various alternative prescription treatments can be ordered from our pharmacy to treat haemorrhoids. However, you will need to fill out our online questionnaire before you can buy them. Topical medicines such as Scheriproct, Xyloproct and Proctosedyl also combine a corticosteroid medicine with a local anaesthetic for full relief from the unpleasant symptoms of piles.

There are also various over the counter medicines you can purchase to treat haemorrhoids (piles). These include:

To reduce the risk of haemorrhoids, you can make various lifestyle alternations:

  • Drink less caffeine and alcohol
  • Incorporate a high fibre diet
  • Take regular exercise
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Go to the toilet as soon as you feel you need to
  • Do not sit down for long periods of time

Uniroid HC ointment Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Uniroid HC ointment.

What if I forget to use it?

If you forget to use Uniroid HC apply it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. If it is nearly time for your next dose, just skip the dose you forgot and keep using it as usual.

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

To get into a routine of applying Uniroid, try to use it at the same times every day. Some people find it helps to set an alarm as a reminder.

What if I use more than I'm supposed to?

If you have applied an excessive amount of Uniroid HC, wipe away the excess with cotton wool.

If you have applied too much ointment internally, you should contact your doctor or go to A&E straight away. Take the treatment and its packaging with you if you go to hospital. You should do this whether

Uniroid HC Ointment Side Effects

Serious allergic reaction

Although rare, is is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Uniroid HC ointment.

You should call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you get any of the symptoms listed below:

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

You could be having a serious allergic reaction and need to be treated in hospital urgently.

You should always read the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and details on how to cope with them. If you are worried about side effects or have any questions, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this treatment.

Uniroid HC ointment Warnings

What precautions/interactions should I be aware of with Uniroid HC?

Before you start using Uniroid HC, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other prescription or non-prescription medication you are already taking (or have recently taken). This includes herbal remedies, supplements and vitamins.

Certain medicines might affect how well Uniroid ointment works. At the same time, Uniroid HC may have an impact on how well other medicines work.

Uniroid is unlikely to have an impact on your ability to drive or operate machine. However, if you get any side effects that impair your ability to see, hear or think clearly, do not drive, cycle or use any machines until you feel better. If these side effects persist, speak to your doctor about them.

This ointment contains cetostearyl alcohol, which may cause local skin reactions, including contact dermatitis.

You must not keep using Uniroid HC for longer than 7 days. Speak to your doctor if your condition has not improved after using the ointment for 7 days.

This medicine must not be used by children who are under the age of 12, unless a doctor has prescribed it specifically for them to use.

Please refer to the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, for a full list of warnings and interactions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Uniroid HC for the first time if you have any questions or worries.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this medicine unless a doctor has given you a prescription to do so.

You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using any medicine if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Please read the patient information leaflet for complete details on who this medication may not be suitable for.

Uniroid HC ointment Ingredients

The main active ingredients within this medicine are: Hydrocortisone 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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