Anodesyn ointment and suppositories contain lidocaine hydrochloride (previously known as lignocaine hydrochloride in the UK) and allantoin.
Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic that works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain messages along nerve fibres. This allows relief from pain where the medicine has been applied.
Allantoin acts as an astringent to cause the cells that it comes into contact with to shrink and dry out. This causes shrinkage of the haemorrhoid, thereby relieving the associated pain and discomfort.
Haemorrhoids occur when veins in the wall of the rectum become swollen and irritated and may cause irritation and pain on passing stools. This preparation is used to relieve the symptoms of anal irritation associated with haemorrhoids.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or 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.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you take this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while taking this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.
This medicine is not known to affect other medicines.
There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain allantoin and lidocaine as the active ingredients.