Xyloproct is an ointment used for the treatment of various forms of discomfort. Most commonly, this medication offers short- term relief to people who have fissures, haemorrhoids or piles, and other anal issues. The main active ingredient of this substance is hydrocortisone, which is a popular anti-inflammatory substance that relieves itching and pain. There’s also lidocaine included in Xyloproct ointment to reduce discomfort.
What is Xyloproct?
Xyloproct ointment is a common and effective topical treatment designed to provide short-term relief for conditions like piles or haemorrhoids. This substance can also be used for the treatment of various conditions that cause discomfort or itching around the back passage. Although treatments like Xyloproct do not cure piles and other conditions, they can reduce some of the more severe side effects and symptoms like pain and general discomfort.
Xyloproct contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone, which is the main treatment used for the prevention and reduction of itching. Xyloproct is available in a range of different forms depending on the nature of your condition. Your doctor may recommend an ointment, spray or an internal cream. The inclusion of a local anaesthetic in Xyloproct will help to keep feelings of pain to a minimum when you’re suffering from anal conditions.
When is Xyloproct used?
Xyloproct is prescribed as a treatment to manage the symptoms and side effects of conditions like fissures, haemorrhoids, piles, and other problems with discomfort around the back package. The active ingredients hydrocortisone and lidocaine keep itching and pain levels low, although Xyloproct ointment will not necessarily cure the underlying issue.
Your doctor may prescribe this medication along with other treatments to deal with tears in the lining of your back passage, itching of the vulva, inflammation of the rectum and other conditions. The two primary substances in Xyloproct gel are hydrocortisone and lidocaine. Lidocaine is a form of local anaesthetic that works by blocking the way that pain messages are sent along the nerve fibres, allowing the areas in pain to be temporarily numbed.
Alternatively, hydrocortisone is a form of popular corticosteroid that can be used to reduce and treat inflammation. In the body, inflammation can be caused by various conditions, and the release of substances that are crucial to the management of the immune system. When blood vessels in the body widen, this cause swelling and discomfort. Xyloproct and hydrocortisone work inside of the cells of your body to reduce the production of inflammatory substances. Additionally, this medication can reduce the swelling of piles too.
How do you use Xyloproct?
When prescribing Xyloproct, your doctor will tell you how to use it effectively. Make sure that you listen to your doctor and follow their instructions exactly. You will also be able to find guidance on how to use this medication in the patient leaflet that is included with the substance. If you have any questions, speak to a doctor or pharmacist before you begin using Xyloproct.
Usually, you will need to apply Xyloproct gel several times per day. You might need to apply it first thing on a morning when you wake up, and last thing at night. Additionally, if you have a bowel movement, then it may be necessary to apply this ointment again.
Depending on the treatment that you get, you will be able to use Xyloproct both internally and externally to help deal with the pain of your condition. You will be able to check the package for instructions on how to use an applicator deeper within the rectum. Some forms of Xyloproct are supplied in sprays, which means that you won’t need to apply any cream at all.
If you’re using the typical ointment form of Xyloproct, then make sure that you clean your hands and the area that you will be applying the cream to carefully before getting started. Once you’re ready, squeeze a small amount of Xyloproct cream onto the tip of your finger and apply it in a thin layer to the area that has been approved by your doctor. Do not apply more cream than your doctor or the patient leaflet suggests. Using more medication than necessary will not get rid of your symptoms faster, but it could increase your risk of side effects.
Wash your hands thoroughly after using Xyloproct cream, and make sure that you do not use this or any other hydrocortisone treatment for a period of more than 7 days without speaking to your doctor.
What dosages are there?
Your doctor will prescribe a dosage of Xyloproct depending on the severity and nature of your condition. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your doctor exactly on how much cream you should be using throughout the day.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, the typical dosage for Xyloproct 5%/0.275% is a small amount applied around the affected area twice per day and following any bowel movements. You can only use up to 6 grams of this substance per day. If you feel that you need to use more than that, speak to your doctor first.
What are the side effects of Xyloproct?
When corticosteroids like Xyloproct ointment are applied in topical form, it’s unlikely for people to experience any serious side effects, that’s because a very small amount of the medication is being absorbed into the bloodstream. However, any medication can potentially cause side effects. Just because it’s possible to have side effects when taking Xyloproct doesn’t mean that you will experience them. Your doctor will assess your risk before prescribing this medication.
If you use this substance for a short period of time, it’s very unlikely that you’ll notice any side effects at all. The most common symptoms of using Xyloproct cream initially might be a feeling of slight discomfort or burning when you apply the cream. This usually happens initially when your body is getting used to the new substance, but it will diminish over time.
In rare circumstances, if you use Xyloproct creams and similar substances for an extended period of time, they may cause the skin to thin around your back passage, which is why you should not use this treatment for more than seven days in a row without your doctors approval. If you have an infection around your back passage, then taking Xyloproct and other corticosteroid symptoms could make it worse.
In very rare circumstances, you may experience more severe side effects from taking Xyloproct when the substance gets into your bloodstream. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of an infection, evident in the presence of more inflamed areas around your bottom. If you have a very upset stomach or fainting spells, then you should speak to your doctor immediately. Discomfort in your stomach, mood changes, or loss of appetite could all be signs that you’re having problems with your adrenal glands.
If you find that you’re more confused or hungry than usual, you’re going to the bathroom more often, or you’re more sleepy than usual, this could be a sign that you’re having an issue with high blood sugar, which is another rare side effect of Xyloproct.
It’s very unlikely that you would have a severe allergic reaction to Xyloproct, however you should always be aware of the symptoms of an allergic reaction so you can get help immediately if necessary. If you notice rashes, trouble breathing, swelling or dizziness after using Xyloproct, contact a doctor immediately.
When shouldn't you use Xyloproct?
Xyloproct ointment will be a safe and suitable treatment for many people with conditions like piles. This treatment can usually be used by anyone over the age of 16 or 18 depending on their medical background. It’s important to discuss your full medical history and your current condition with your doctor before you begin using Xyloproct, as it might not be suitable for some people.
Do not take Xyloproct if you have any untreated or persistent fungal, parasitic or viral infections. You should not take this substance if you have had bacterial infections recently either. Avoid using Xyloproct if you are allergic to any of the ingredients included in the ointment, or if you have thin or vulnerable skin that’s prone to damage.
The safety of this medication and its use during pregnancy and breastfeeding hasn’t been fully established by the available research at this time. It is possible for corticosteroids to be absorbed into the bloodstream, even when you’re using a topical substance like Xyloproct. It’s important to speak to your doctor about the safety of using Xyloproct when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding to ensure that it’s safe to continue using this medication when you’re nursing.
Xyloproct does pass into breast milk, although it isn’t certain whether the amount of Xyloproct that passes into breast milk is dangerous for children at this time. Xyloproct will not affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.
Does Xyloproct interact with any other medications?
Some medications can interact poorly with other substances that have been prescribed by your doctor. It is important not to take any other medications alongside Xyloproct until they have been approved by a health professional. Do not change the dosage of any existing medication that you have already begun taking until your doctor says that it is safe to do so.
Xyloproct is not known to significantly alter the affects or results of using other medicines. The manufacturer highlights that if you are taking medications to treat problems with an irregular heartbeat, it’s important to use Xyloproct with caution. Lidocaine – the local anaesthetic in this substance can interfere with heart medication.
Where can you buy Xyloproct?
Xyloproct cream is available to buy from many online and offline pharmacies, including Dokteronline. However, you should not attempt to purchase this medication until you have had your condition assessed by a medical professional. We can arrange for a medical consultation on your behalf before you purchase this product.
Can you get Xyloproct without a prescription?
Xyloproct 5%/0.275% is not currently available without a prescription as it may not be suitable for some people with piles and similar conditions.
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