Anusol, also known as Anusol HC, is a highly efficient haemorrhoid treatment available in the form of suppositories and as an ointment. Developed and manufactured by McNeil pharmaceutical company, this branded medication is based on a number of active ingredients which aim to mitigate the uncomfortable symptoms of piles by relying on a number of different mechanisms of action. More specifically, Anusol will simultaneously soothe the inflammation, prevent infection and contribute to the healing and skin renewal in the affected area.

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Regardless of whether you choose to use Anusol HC suppository tablets or Anusol ointment, you will apply this treatment twice per day regularly (once in the evening, just before the bedtime and once in the morning) and also once after each defecation, with a maximum of four daily applications for ointment, and three applications for suppositories.

When should I seek medical help?

Haemorrhoids, more commonly known as piles, are a relatively common medical condition that almost everybody will experience at least once in their life. In a majority of cases, however, this condition will clear without the need for any medication, so it could be said that prescription treatment certainly isn’t necessary. However, in those cases when the symptoms don’t seem to subside or even exacerbate with increased presence of blood on toilet paper following defecation, medical assistance might be necessary.

The moderate cases of piles can be successfully treated by prescription medication. However, in those extreme cases which are usually a result of untreated condition of lesser intensity, even surgical intervention might be necessary. In order to prevent this, you should seek medical assistance as soon as you notice that haemorrhoids are having an impact at your everyday activities. If this occurs, prescription medications such as Anusol or Proctofoam might be recommended.

How does Anusol help with haemorrhoids?

Anusol contains a number of different active ingredients which are at the root of Anusol’s multidimensional approach to the problem. The compounds present in this treatment include:

  • Zinc oxide
  • Balsam peru
  • Bismuth oxide

All three of them are known to modern medicine as highly efficient antiseptics, with some of them having additional beneficial properties that contribute to the overall effectiveness of Anusol in treating piles. For example, zinc oxide is also highly adept at decreasing swelling in the affected area, while balsam peru will efficiently promote the regrowth of the new healthy skin in the region. Similarly to this, bismuth oxide will also efficiently soothe irritation and decrease the intensity of uncomfortable symptoms.

The ointment version of Anusol also contains hydrocortisone acetate, a corticosteroid that has been known to mitigate inflammatory processes, and also benzyl benzoate, an antiseptic agent.

Can I buy Anusol online in the UK?

Yes, it is possible to buy Anusol online. However, regardless of whether you will choose Anusol HC suppositories or Anusol ointment, this treatment can be obtained only with a valid prescription issued by a certified medical professional. And this will be true regardless of whether you are looking to buy Anusol online or through your local pharmacy, via so-called traditional route.

In either case, if you don’t have a valid medical prescription, you will have to obtain one. Luckily, this can be accomplished fairly simply through almost any online clinic operating within the UK. You will be presented with a customised and detailed medical questionnaire that you will be asked to complete. The doctor will use the information provided to get a detailed insight into your medical profile and history and assess your suitability for Anusol treatment.

If everything checks out, the prescription will be issued and the medication will be sent from the partner pharmacy to the address you provided.

How is Anusol used?

In order to ensure the best possible results when using Anusol products, you should always follow the instructions provided by your prescriber. By doing so, you will ensure the best possible results, while at the same time minimising the risk of experiencing side effects. In addition to doctor’s advice, you can also find valuable information on the use of Anusol in the official patient information leaflet that is issued within every pack of Anusol products.

How to use Anusol ointment?

  • Always use exactly as prescribed
  • Apply a thin layer of Anusol ointment once in the morning, once before bed time and after each defecation with a maximum of four applications per day
  • Anusol can be used for a maximum of seven consecutive days
  • Wash the site of application and carefully dry before use
  • Use a screw-on applicator provided with the medication for the treatment of internal haemorrhoids

How to use Anusol HC suppositories?

  • Always take exactly as prescribed
  • Insert one suppository tablet into your anus once in the morning, once before bedtime and once after each defecation
  • You should never use more than three Anusol suppositories per day
  • Don’t forget to remove the plastic cover before application
  • Never exceed the prescribed dose
  • Wash your hands before and after use

Please not that this is not a full guideline on how to use Anusol. For a more comprehensive guide, please refer to the official patient information leaflet or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

What are Anusol side effects?

As is the case with most prescription medications available on the modern markets, Anusol also comes with certain possible side effects. Of course, not everybody using this medication will experience them, but it is still important to get familiar with them prior to commencing your treatment so you can be prepared to expect certain issues. However, if there is anything that might concern you, never hesitate to contact your doctor.

Most common side effects include sensitivity, burning, irritation or rash in the affected area, with rash being the most problematic side effect of the bunch as it might be indicative of an allergic reaction. For a more comprehensive overview of documented side effects, please refer to the official patient information leaflet that you can find within your pack of Anusol.