Important: Formulation and dosage details
Ointment (includes hydrocortisone acetate 0·275%, lidocaine 5%) (Xyloproct®)
Apply several times daily, short-term use only.
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Local anaesthetics are used to relieve pain associated with haemorrhoids and pruritus ani, however good evidence is lacking. Xyloproct® contains lidocaine (in addition to hydrocortisone); of the available topical anaesthetics it is least likely to cause irritation. Prolonged use of corticosteroids can cause atrophy of anal skin. Use Anusol-HC®, Xyloproct® and Scheriproct® for a maximum of 7 days.
Suppositories are suitable for internal haemorrhoids and proctitis whereas creams and ointments are suitable for external haemorrhoids.
Note Colorectal symptoms guidance.
Ointment (includes hydrocortisone acetate 0·25%) (Anusol Plus HC® OTC)
Apply ointment morning and night and after a bowel movement, for a maximum of 7 days.
Suppositories (include hydrocortisone acetate 10mg) (Anusol Plus HC® OTC)
By rectum, Insert 1 suppository morning and night and after a bowel movement, for a maximum of 7 days.