What Proctosedyl is used for?

Proctosedyl Ointment and Suppositories are used for the symptomatic relief of the discomfort of haemorrhoids (piles) and other painful conditions of the anus (rear end), such as fissures (tears). Haemorrhoids often result when people strain while trying to open their bowel (defecate). This problem is often, but not always, associated with low-fibre diets.

Proctosedyl Ointment and Suppositories contain the active ingredients hydrocortisone, a steroid, and cinchocaine hydrochloride, a local anaesthetic. These work together to reduce swelling, numb pain and relieve itching.

Proctosedyl Witch Hazel, containing Hamamelis Water from Witch Hazel, is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine for the symptomatic relief of external haemorrhoids and the relief of discomfort and itch associated with external haemorrhoids.

Your doctor or pharmacist, however, may recommend Proctosedyl for another purpose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why it has been recommended for you.

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.

When you must not use Proctosedyl (hydrocortisone & cinchocaine hydrochloride)?

  • Do not use Proctosedyl if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients used in it.
  • As for all steroid preparations, do not use Proctosedyl when infections affecting the anus or surrounding area are present.
  • Do not give Proctosedyl to children under 12 years of age.
  • Do not use it after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack. If you use it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
  • Do not use it if the packaging is torn/damaged or shows signs of tampering.

What to do before you start using Proctosedyl?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:

  • any of the ingredients listed at the end of these frequently asked questions.
  • any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:

  • if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
  • cuts or abrasions in the area of the anus eg if there is blood on toilet paper or in the toilet after opening the bowels (defecating). Your doctor or pharmacist will need to consider this when recommending treatment with Proctosedyl.
  • fungal infections such as thrush, in the area of the anus. Proctosedyl does not treat these conditions. Your doctor or pharmacist may need to provide treatment for these conditions.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you plan to have surgery. If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you use Proctosedyl.

Can I take Proctosedyl if I am taking other medications?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food store. These medicines may be affected by Proctosedyl, or may affect how well it works. You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or take different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you.

How much Proctosedyl should I use?

The standard dose for this medicine is up to three times a day (eg after your morning bowel motion, noon and evening) or as your doctor or pharmacist tells you. Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of the correct dose for you. They will tell you exactly how much to use. Follow the instructions they give you. If you use the wrong dose, Proctosedyl may not work as well and your problem may not improve.