Anusol HC

Anusol HC is a kind of medicated ointment or suppository that can be used for the treatment of anal conditions like hemorrhoids. Anusol HC works using the active ingredient hydrocortisone, which is a medication that belongs to the corticosteroid family. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Anusol HC is a medication used to relieve and treat the symptoms of hemorrhoids and other conditions. The active ingredient in this medication is hydrocortisone, which is a kind of corticosteroid. Anusol HC is available in the form of ointments and suppositories.  

What is Anusol HC? 

Anusol HC is a kind of medicated ointment or suppository that can be used for the treatment of anal conditions like hemorrhoids. Anusol HC works using the active ingredient hydrocortisone, which is a medication that belongs to the corticosteroid family.  

Like other corticosteroids can work to reduce inflammation on the skin following irritation or an allergic reaction, Anusol HC with hydrocortisone can reduce the inflammatory responses around the anus. Used correctly, this medication will eliminate the production of some of the substances that cause inflammation in the body, reducing itching, pain, and swelling as a result.  

For many people, Anusol HC can provide effective relief from the discomfort commonly caused by hemorrhoids. It is also effective at speeding up the healing process, as reducing inflammation allows the anus to heal more rapidly.  

When is Anusol HC used? 

Anusol HC is intended for the treatment of itching, swelling, pain, and minor discomfort caused by anal  hemorrhoids. Some consultants and doctors may also prescribe this medication when there is inflammation or itching.  

Hemorrhoids are a very common problem. They occur when the increased pressure that occurs when going to the bathroom causes the veins in the anus to become inflamed or swell. Many women experience hemorrhoids after childbirth. This condition will often cause a number of symptoms, including blood in the stool, rectal pain and itching.  

Anusol HC can treat both internal and external hemorrhoids. With internal hemorrhoids, the treatment will often be given in the suppository format, so that they can reach the deeper parts of the anus. Alternatively, external injuries can be treated using the ointment version of Anusol HC. Although tears and hemorrhoids aren’t dangerous in the long-term, they can be uncomfortable and painful, Anusol HC will help the condition to heal faster, while relieving symptoms.  

How do you use Anusol HC? 

The method you use to apply Anusol HC will depend on the kind of medication that you are given. Before using any new substance, it is important to listen to the instructions given by your consultant carefully. You should also read through the patient leaflet provided with Anusol HC to ensure that you understand how to use it correctly, and how to avoid side effects if possible. 

Before using this product, make sure that the affected area has been fully cleaned with water and soap, and pat the area dry. To apply the Anusol HC inside of the anus, you should use the applicator that is supplied with the product, and follow the instructions given on the patient leaflet. Bring the nozzle gently into the anus and apply the substance into the area carefully, using only the dosage that has been prescribed to you. You should not use your fingers to apply Anusol HC inside of the anus.  

If you are using the suppository version of Anusol HC, you will need to use the provided applicator to push the suppository deeper into the anus. Make sure that you avoid going to the bathroom for a little while after you have used this medication. For that purpose, it may be helpful to try and empty your bowels before you use Anusol HC.  

Make sure that you wash your hands immediately after using either version of Anusol HC, and do not get the product in the nose, eyes, ears, or mouth. If your medication accidentally gets into any of those areas, rinse them thoroughly with clean water.  

What dosages are there? 

You will be given a dose of Anusol HC based on your condition and the issue that you need to treat. Usually, this product can be used daily 2 to 4 times, or after each movement that you have. Your dosage will be based on your medical condition and the way that you respond to the cream. If you have been using this medication regularly, you should speak to a doctor.  

Do not use more of this product that has been prescribed by your consultant, and do not continue using it for longer than necessary. The risks associated with corticosteroids are often much higher when you take them for long periods of time or in high doses. You should contact your doctor if you find that your condition has not improved after 1 or 2 weeks.  

Some conditions can get worse if this medication is suddenly stopped. Continue taking the dose prescribed to you for as long as you have been told to do so.  

What are the side effects of Anusol HC? 

Although Anusol HC is a very well tolerated medication for most people, many individuals can end up responding to different medications in unique ways. It’s important to be aware of the side effects that different medications can cause, so that you can avoid them, or seek help when necessary. Just because a side effect is listed here or in your patient leaflet doesn’t mean that you will experience it.  

You may notice side effects that are not listed here. If any condition that you experience after taking Anusol HC persist or worsen, then you will need to seek medical guidance about whether you should continue to take Anusol HC  

The most common side effects of Anusol HC are itching, burning, or redness at your application site. This can happen because your body is not used to the new medication being applied to your skin. Usually, these side effects will diminish on their own. You should contact a medical professional if you experience any rare but more serious side effects, such as: 

  • Bleeding of the rectum; 
  • Changes in the appearance of your skin; 
  • Redness, or tenderness; 
  • Signs of infection or pus. 

Rarely, there’s a possibility that too much corticosteroid could be absorbed into the bloodstream, which means that you may experience the side effects associated with corticosteroids. These side effects are more likely in people who use these medications for extended periods of time. You should speak to a doctor immediately if you notice extreme fatigue or tiredness, headaches, weight loss, increased thirst, or swelling around the feet and ankles. Speak to a doctor if you have any issues with your vision when using Anusol HC.  

A very rare, yet severe side effect of Anusol HC could come in the form of an infection. If you have a persistent sore throat and fever, then this could indicate that you are having an infection. Additionally, although a severe allergic reaction to Anusol HC is rare, you should seek immediate medical attention if you notice the signs of an allergic reaction, including itching, rash, swelling of the tongue, throat or face, problems with breathing, or severe dizziness. 

If you experience any side effects that have not been listed here but you are concerned about them, speak to a professional.  

When shouldn’t you use Anusol HC? 

Not everyone will be suitable to take Anusol HC. It is important to answer any questions asked by your consultant truthfully before you begin taking Anusol HC. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or any other corticosteroids. You should also ensure that your consultant is aware of any other allergies that you have, as Anusol HC can sometimes contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic responses.  

Before you begin using Anusol HC, make sure that your consultant is aware of your medical history, particularly if you have had any problems with your vision, diabetes, or infections, particularly around the back passage. Your consultant should also be aware of intestinal and stomach problems as well as liver disease.  

In very rare circumstances, Anusol HC and other corticosteroid medications may make it more difficult for your body to respond to moments of physical stress. Because of this, before you have emergency treatments or surgery, you should tell your dentist or doctor that you are using this medication or have been using it over the last few months. It is advised that you use caution when giving this drug to children.  

It is not certain how Anusol HC responds in pregnancy and breast feeding. Generally, your doctor or consultant will advise you to only take Anusol HC when it is obviously needed. Consult a doctor before you begin using Anusol HC when breast feeding, or if you’re planning on getting pregnant or are already pregnant when using this medication.  

Does Anusol HC interact with other medications? 

Anusol HC and other medications can sometimes interact poorly with other substances that you might be taking to relieve various issues. Your consultant can ensure that you are not taking any dangerous drug combinations if you provide them with information about all of the substances that you are already using. Make sure that your consultant is aware of any pills that you are taking besides Anusol HC, including over-the-counter remedies and herbal substances. 

Make sure that your consultant is aware of any other corticosteroids that you might be using, as well as other rectal products that may dilute or mix with Anusol HC. You should be careful about applying one medication to the same area too close together.  

Where can you buy Anusol HC? 

Anusol HC is available to purchase online after a consultation with a professional. We can send a prescription for you to a local pharmacy, often within three working days.  

Can I get Anusol HC without a prescription? 

Anusol HC and other corticosteroids are unlikely to be available without a prescription. You will need to have a consultation with a professional.  

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Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.