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What is Anusol HC?

Haemorrhoids or piles are small lumps caused by varicose veins that can develop either inside the anus or outside of the anus, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as irritation, itching and inflammation.

Anusol HC has been clinically proven to provide fast relief for haemorrhoid symptoms. This prescription treatment is available as an ointment and suppository to not only treat the infection but also reduce the amount of time you have the outbreak. It can help to alleviate itching, soreness and associated pain including that felt after bowel movements. In addition to helping alleviate symptoms it also protects the skin surrounding haemorrhoids to stop it from getting infected further. Anusol HC is effective for treating piles both externally and internally. The hydrocortisone ingredient cleverly activates only when needed to relieve itching, irritation and swelling.

What does Anusol HC contain?

Anusol HC ointment contains benzyl benzoate (1.25%), bismuth oxide (0.875%), bismuth subgallate (2.25%), hydrocortisone acetate (0.25%), Peru balsam (1.875%), and zinc oxide (10.75%). Anusol HC suppositories contain benzyl benzoate 33mg, bismuth oxide 24mg, bismuth subgallate 59mg, hydrocortisone acetate 10mg, Peru balsam 49mg, and zinc oxide 296mg.

How does Anusol HC work?

Both Anusol HC ointment and suppositories contain a number of ingredients which work together to alleviate the discomfort and irritation caused by haemorrhoids. Hydrocortisone works as a steroid to reduce inflammation or swelling caused by the piles. In addition the rest of the ingredients are mildly astringent and have antiseptic properties, meaning they work to help sooth the irritation caused by haemorrhoids. Peru balsam works as a protective and healing agent by helping to promote the growth of skin cells.

The separate ingredients in Anusol HC work together to help alleviate the discomfort and pain associated with hemorrhoids.

  • Hydrocortisone acetate - is a steroid known to be effective in reducing inflammation and irritation to help sitting, passing bowel movements and mobility more comfortable during an attack. Due to its inflammation reducing properties it can also reduce the duration of time the attack lasts. It is absorbed quickly and easily the affected area(s) and is only activated when needed rather than being continuously in action at the beginning or end of an attack.
  • Bismuth oxide, zinc oxide and balsam peru - are ingredients in Anusol HC that can protect, disinfect and constrict the blood vessels to alleviate troublesome symptoms. Bismuth oxide is an ingredient known for its skin reproductive properties to aid the healing process during and after a bout of haemorrhoids.
  • Bismuth salts – to help cleanse and health the skin reducing the chance of the infection being spread to healthy areas.

Who cannot use this medication?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. If you are suffering from a viral or fungal infection that causes skin sores then you should not use this medication. If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, speak to a doctor before taking this treatment. Anusol HC ointment or suppositories are not suitable for children.

How do I use Anusol HC?

As Anusol HC hemorrhoid treatment can be prescribed in two forms it is important to follow the instructions as per the leaflet inside the packaging as the directions differ. An overview of the instructions is as follows:

Cream application – external

  • Wash hands and affected area before application pat the area to dry rather than scrubbing or wiping to avoid further irritation.
  • Apply the Anusol HC treatment twice a day. The usual treatment is once in the morning and before you go to bed, however it can instead be applied after a painful bowel movement for fast relief.

The cream should not be used for any more than 7 days unless instructed to do so by a doctor.

Internal cream application

  • To use the cream internally you should ensure your hands and area of application is clean and dry
  • Insert the included nozzle into the anus and squeeze gently to release the dose<
  • Clean the nozzle and wash hands keeping the medication safe until the next application is needed.

Internal suppositories

  • Wash hands and affected area and dry by patting to avoid irritation
  • Remove suppositories from packaging only after hands have been cleaned
  • Insert into anus
  • Wash hands after use

What are the side effects of Anusol HC?

Most medications carry the risk of side effects, however, not every person will experience them.

This medication uses castor oil and lanolin, which may cause skin reactions in some people. If symptoms get worse or do not improve after you have been taking this medication for a week, stop taking the medication and seek medical advice.

What precautions should I take?

This medication may not be suitable for you if you:

  • are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • have genital warts or another viral skin infection
  • have a bacterial skin infection

You should also talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Anusol HC if you have rectal bleeding that is not caused by haemorrhoids, as this may be a sign of a more serious problem.

How to order Anusol HC safely online

You can purchase Anusol HC safely online without visiting your doctor after filing in a short free online consultation form which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. If this medication is deemed to be suitable for you, a prescription will be issued and sent to our registered pharmacy. Your treatment will then be delivered to you using our free and discreet next-day delivery service.

Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Caroline Fontana Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 09-03-2024
Anusol HC information
Product nameAnusol HC
Active ingredient(s)Hydrocortisone Acetate
Trustpilot rating5/5
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AvailabilityOut of stock
DescriptionAnusol HC is an effective treatment for haemorrhoids that works to reduce the swelling associated with this condition
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage30g, 33g
ApplicationMen and women over 18 with haemorrhoids
UsageApply cream (or insert suppositories) 2 times per day
Drug classSoothing preparation
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
When breastfeedingStudies have shown no affect, however contact your doctor for further advice
When pregnantStudies have shown no affect, however contact your doctor for further advice
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