Anusol plus HC ointment and suppositories contains a number of ingredients which are useful in the relief of symptoms associated with internal piles (haemorrhoids) and other local skin irritations in the anal area.
Hydrocortisone acetate belongs to a group of medicines known as corticosteroids, which are used for reducing inflammation. Irritation of the skin or membranes causes the release of substances that dilate blood vessels causing the area to become red, swollen and painful. As the medicine is absorbed it inhibits the action of these substances allowing the blood vessels to return to their normal size, reducing the discomfort.
Bismuth oxide, bismuth subgallate, balsam peru and zinc oxide have mild antiseptic, protective and astringent properties (i.e. constrict blood vessels). Balsam peru is also believed to promote the growth of new skin cells.
When this preparation is administered into the the back-passage (rectum), it relieves the discomfort caused by internal and external haemorrhoids and other irritations in the anal area.
Anusol Plus HC is available as suppositories or ointment. Since the suppositories are inserted into the rectum they are more suitable for internal piles, while the ointment can be used to relieve both internal and external piles.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
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This medicine is not known to affect any other medicines. However, as with all medicines, if you are already taking any other medicines you should always check with your pharmacist before taking this one as well.
There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain this combination of active ingredients.