What is Xyloproct?
Xyloproct ointment is used to provide effective short-term relief of the discomfort caused by haemorrhoids, fissures and other anal conditions. It contains the active ingredients hydrocortisone, an anti-inflammatory medicine that relieves itching, and lidocaine, a local anaesthetic. Both work to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation, itching and pain in the anal area.
What is it used for?
Xyloproct is prescribed to treat symptoms such as itching and pain caused by haemorrhoids and anal fissures. Haemorrhoids are a common problem caused by increased pressure in the veins in the sphincter (anus) due to constipation and straining, pregnancy or child birth. They can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms to develop, including anal itching, irritation and pain. In some cases, hard stool rubbing against haemorrhoids cause them to rupture, resulting in blood in the stool. If haemorrhoids protrude from the anus they are called external haemorrhoids. In addition to elements that relieve itching and pain, Xyloproct also contains the astringent zinc oxide. The combination of these ingredients helps to reduce swelling while improving haemorrhoid symptoms.
How to use Xyloproct
Xyloproct ointment should be applied thinly to the affected area around the anus. If necessary, you can insert the ointment deeper in the rectum using the applicator provided. See package leaflet for more information on how to use the applicator. Xyloproct is not suitable for long-term use. You should therefore always follow the prescribed dosage and consult your doctor if symptoms persist after one week.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual starting dose is:
- A small amount applied to and around the haemorrhoids twice a day and after each bowel movement.
Up to six grams of ointment can be used each day. Xyloproct is not suitable for use in children.
Xyloproct may have side effects, although not everyone gets them. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Allergic skin reactions due to sensitivity to one of the ingredients.
- Thinning of the skin where the product was applied.
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Xyloproct should only be used with your doctor’s approval if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Xyloproct does not affect your reaction time. This means you can participate in traffic without any risk while taking it. There are no known interactions between alcohol or specific foods and Xyloproct.