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Anusol plus Ointment is a topical medication used to provide relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids and other anal discomforts such as itching, swelling, and irritation. It offers effective relief from internal and external piles (hemorrhoids), working in four ways by shrinking piles, relieving discomfort, soothing itching, and reducing inflammation. It contains active ingredients such as zinc sulfate and pramoxine that help with these symptoms.
Use and Dosage
Anusol plus Ointment should be applied sparingly to the affected area up to three times per day, or as directed by your doctor. Be sure to wash your hands before and after use and avoid getting the ointment in your eyes.
To use Anusol plus Ointment, you should:
- Thoroughly cleanse the affected area around the anus and dry it gently with a soft towel or tissue.
- Apply a small amount of ointment to the affected area around the anus using your finger or the applicator provided.
- Gently massage the ointment into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after application to avoid accidental contact with the eyes or mouth.
Note that Anusol plus Ointment is for external use only and should not be inserted into the rectum. If you have any concerns or questions about how to use the ointment, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Common Side Effects of Anusol plus Ointment (Zinc sulfate/pramoxine - non-Rx):
- Allergic skin rash
- Application site reactions (rectal pain, redness, burning, itching, irritation, dryness)
- Changes in menstrual periods
- Increased facial or body hair growth
- Increased sweating
- Inflammation of hair follicles (folliculitis)
- Lightening of skin color
- Secondary infection
Serious Side Effects of Anusol plus Ointment (Zinc sulfate/pramoxine - non-Rx):
- Severe rectal pain or burning
- Bleeding from the rectum
- New or worsening anal itching or discomfort
Forms and Strength
Anusol plus Ointment (Zinc sulfate/pramoxine - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Anusol Plus Ointment: Ointment
- You should always read the label and follow the instructions carefully.
- Do not use the ointment if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or if you have certain medical conditions such as tuberculosis or a viral or fungal infection in the anal area.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before using the ointment.
- Anusol plus Ointment may interact with other medications, so be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using it if you are taking any other drugs.
- Anusol plus Ointment is for external use only and should not be applied inside the anus.
- Avoid getting the ointment in your eyes, as it may cause irritation.
- Keep the ointment out of reach of children.
- Store the ointment in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
- Do not use the ointment for a long time without consulting your doctor, as it may cause skin thinning or other side effects.
- Long-term use of hydrocortisone-containing medications such as Anusol plus Ointment may lead to adrenal suppression or Cushing's syndrome, especially if used in high doses.
- If you have an infection in the anal area, using Anusol plus Ointment may worsen the infection or delay healing.
- Anusol plus Ointment may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people, especially if used excessively or inappropriately. Discontinue use and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms after using the ointment.
- Anusol plus Ointment is not intended to treat underlying conditions that may cause haemorrhoids or anal discomforts, such as constipation or inflammatory bowel disease. Addressing the underlying causes may be necessary for long-term relief.
- If you experience rectal bleeding or other symptoms that are not relieved by Anusol plus Ointment, seek medical attention promptly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Anusol plus Ointment safe to use during pregnancy?
It is always best to check with your doctor before using any medication during pregnancy. However, Anusol plus Ointment is considered safe for use during pregnancy.
Can Anusol plus Ointment be used to treat external haemorrhoids?
Yes, Anusol plus Ointment can be used to treat both external and internal haemorrhoids.
How long does Anusol plus Ointment take to work?
The time it takes for the ointment to work varies from person to person. In general, you may notice relief from symptoms within 30 minutes of applying the ointment.
Can Anusol plus Ointment be used to treat anal fissures?
Anusol plus Ointment may provide some relief from symptoms of anal fissures, but it is not typically prescribed specifically for this condition.
How should I store Anusol plus Ointment?
Anusol plus Ointment should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Do not freeze the ointment.
Can Anusol plus Ointment be used to treat children?
Anusol plus Ointment should only be used on children under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
Can Anusol plus Ointment be used long-term?
Anusol plus Ointment is considered safe for long-term use as directed by your healthcare provider. However, if you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects, be sure to contact your doctor.
It's important to purchase Anusol Plus Ointment from verified Canadian pharmacy.