What is Proctofoam?
Proctofoam is a medicine that is used to treat skin irritations. It contains two active ingredients: pramoxine, which is a topical numbing agent, and hydrocortisone, an anti-inflammatory medicine that reduces swelling, itching and skin redness. These ingredients are combined in a convenient foaming gel designed specifically for application in the anal region.
What is it used for?
Proctofoam is prescribed for easing anal discomfort caused by, for example, hemorrhoids, itching and other types of skin irritations in the rectum or around the anus. Because Proctofoam is applied topically, symptoms such as pain and swelling are quickly reduced. You should see an improvement within just a few days.
How to use Proctofoam
Proctofoam can be applied in the rectum (in the case of internal hemorrhoids) or to the skin around the anus. It comes in a spray canister with special applicator. The foam ought to be applied only with the applicator (in the case of internal use) or a tissue in order to prevent direct contact between the canister and the anus. Consult the package leaflet for instructions on how to use the canister and applicator. Be sure to wash the applicator thoroughly with warm water after use.
Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, the usual dose is:
- One applicator of foam three to maximally four times a day in the rectum and/or around the anal area.
Be sure to also apply a dose after each bowel evacuation. Do not use Proctofoam for more than seven consecutive days, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor. Proctofoam is not suitable for use in children.
Proctofoam may have side effects, although not everyone gets them. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Skin irritation (dry skin, thinning skin, burning sensation) where the foam was applied.
Consult a doctor if the symptoms worsen or fail to improve within two days or if you are bleeding in the anal area. See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Proctofoam should only be used with the doctor’s approval if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.