What is Anusol HC?
Anusol HC is a product used to relieve or treat the symptoms related to haemorrhoids. The active ingredient in Anusol HC is hydrocortisone, a medicine that belongs to the family of corticosteroids. Hydrocortisone reduces inflammatory responses such as itching, swelling and pain. Anusol HC provides effective relief of the discomfort caused by haemorrhoids and, in addition, speeds up the healing process.
What is it used for?
Anusol HC is prescribed in the treatment of haemorrhoids and other anal discomfort, such as anal fissures and tears. Haemorrhoids are a very common health problem. They develop when increased pressure on the pelvic veins causes veins in the anal canal to swell or bulge, for example due to straining on the toilet, pregnancy or childbirth. Haemorrhoids cause itching and rectal pain and, in some cases, bright red blood in stool. Haemorrhoids are classified in two categories: internal and external. Internal haemorrhoids develop within the anus, external haemorrhoids develop outside. Most haemorrhoids are harmless, but they can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Anusol helps haemorrhoids to heal faster and relieves pain and itching.
How to use Anusol HC
Anusol HC is available in various forms, including cream, ointment and suppository. Suppositories are used to treat internal haemorrhoids and are inserted into the rectum according to the instructions on the package. Anusol HC cream or ointment should be applied thinly to the area around the anus. For application into the back passage in the case of deeper haemorrhoids, the applicator provided with the cream or ointment should be used. Make sure to follow the instructions on the package leaflet. Anusol HC is not suitable for long-term use and should be used exactly as prescribed.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual starting dose is:
- For Anusol HC cream or ointment: apply a small amount to and around the haemorrhoids twice a day and after each bowel movement.
- For Anusol HC suppositories: insert a suppository into the rectum twice a day and after each bowel movement.
Consult a doctor if the symptoms fail to improve within 14 days. Anusol is not suitable for use in children.
Anusol HC generally has few side effects, but in rare cases it has been known to cause:
- Skin rash or irritation due to sensitivity to hydrocortisone or one of the other ingredients.
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Anusol HC should only be used with your doctor’s approval if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Anusol HC does not affect your reaction time or interact with your ability to drive safely. There are no food or alcohol restrictions.