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What is Scheriproct ointment?
Scheriproct ointment is a treatment for haemorrhoids (piles) that can be used inside or outside of the anus. It helps to reduce swelling and ease the pain caused by haemorrhoids, so you will feel more comfortable until your condition has improved, which usually takes 5 - 7 days. This ointment comes with an applicator which makes using the ointment for internal piles simple, but it can also be applied gently with your fingertip if you have external piles.
How to use Scheriproct ointment
There are two ways to use Scheriproct ointment, depending on where you need to apply it. Before using this product in either way, you should wash and dry your hands, your anus, and the skin around it.
- To use outside the anus: Squeeze out a pea-sized amount of ointment onto the top of your finger and gently spread it around and just inside the entrance of your anus. Do not rub the ointment in.
- To use inside the anus: Screw the applicator onto the neck of the tube and gently squeeze the tube until the applicator is full of ointment. Gently and carefully insert the applicator into your anus (back passage), ensuring that the full length of it is inside the anus. While gently squeezing the tube, slowly remove the applicator, this will deposit one dose of ointment. Clean and dry the applicator after each use.
How often should I use this ointment?
You should follow the dosage instructions given to you by your prescriber carefully, as they will tell you how often to use your ointment. You will usually be advised to use this product twice a day, but they may also suggest 3 - 4 applications on the first day of treatment if you need fast relief. You should not use Scheriproct for more than 7 days.
Does Scheriproct shrink piles?
Scheriproct uses two active ingredients and one of them, prednisolone 1.3mg, is included to help reduce swelling and inflammation in your piles. Although this isn’t meant to shrink them as such, reducing inflammation can make your piles smaller and more comfortable. The second active ingredient is 5mg of a local anaesthetic called cinchocaine, which helps to ease pain and itching in your back passage and your piles. The combination of these two ingredients creates an ideal remedy for piles, as it relieves pain and reduces swelling all at once.
What are haemorrhoids (piles)?
Haemorrhoids, which are also known as piles, are small, itchy lumps that can form in and around your back passage (anus). They’re usually harmless but can cause discomfort or pain when you go to the toilet and can be generally itchy and irritating throughout the day. The cause of haemorrhoids isn’t currently known, but it’s thought that a build-up of pressure in your anus makes the blood vessels there swell, causing these little lumps to form. This is why haemorrhoids are often linked to constipation, straining when you poo, or even heavy lifting, as they can all cause pressure in your back passage. Haemorrhoids will usually clear up by themselves after a few days, but you could benefit from treatment if yours are particularly large, sore or last for more than a week.
Can Scheriproct also be used for anal fissures?
Scheriproct is a haemorrhoid treatment, but it can sometimes be prescribed to help relieve the symptoms of anal fissures. Anal fissures are small tears in the inner lining of your anus, often caused by constipation or passing a very large, hard, or lumpy poo. Anal fissures are usually treated by managing your constipation first, but if you get particularly severe or frequent fissures, your GP may prescribe a topical anaesthetic to help ease your pain. As Scheriproct works as an anaesthetic, it can be one of the treatments considered for you but that does not mean that you should use this treatment for an anal fissure if it was originally prescribed for haemorrhoids or another purpose. Always follow your prescriber’s instructions carefully during the treatment and if you’re concerned about an anal fissure, speak to a medical professional and ask their advice.
Should I use Scheriproct piles ointment or suppositories?
Scheriproct is available as both an ointment (this product) or as suppositories. Both treatments contain the same amount of active ingredients and work in the exact same way, so sometimes which one you use can simply be down to personal preference. However, you should consider where you experience piles and mention it to your prescriber during your consultation. As suppositories are inserted into the anus, they are ideal for treating internal haemorrhoids, but may not be the best treatment for haemorrhoids that are outside the anus. On the other hand, Scheriproct ointment can be used both inside and outside the anus, and therefore may be a better choice for external piles. If you’re unsure, make sure to discuss it with your prescriber, they’ll be able to recommend the best choice of treatment for you.
Can I use this piles ointment during pregnancy?
Piles are a common issue during pregnancy, often caused by pregnancy hormones and the relaxing effect they have on your veins. If you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding you should let your prescriber know during your consultation. There is a very small chance that Scheriproct can affect the development of your baby if you use it during pregnancy, especially during the first 3 months. Your prescriber may still recommend this treatment for you if the potential benefits are greater than any potential risks, but they may also want to recommend other treatments instead. They could also recommend lifestyle or diet changes that could help to ease the inflammation and itching or reduce constipation.
Can I have sex while using this product?
If you’re planning on having sex or anal sex while using Scheriproct then you will need to consider a couple of things. For starters, haemorrhoids can make anal sex uncomfortable or even painful, which may factor into whether you want to have sex at the moment, and you may find that anal sex can make your existing haemorrhoids worse. Some people may also find the appearance of haemorrhoids embarrassing, which could also make you feel less comfortable about sex. The other thing to consider is contraception, as Scheriproct can damage latex condoms, making them less effective and leaving you exposed to STIs or unwanted pregnancy. If you do decide to have sex while using haemorrhoid ointment, you should use other methods of contraception, such as the pill or latex-free condoms, to keep you safe until your treatment is complete.
Can I use this treatment if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies or medicines you obtained without a prescription, you should tell your prescriber about these during your consultation. When certain medications are used together they can interact, causing unwanted effects or making them less effective, and medical professionals will help you to avoid this as much as possible. You should especially mention if you are taking HIV medications, including ritonavir or cobicistat, as these can interact with Scheriproct.
When should this product not be used?
Do not use Scheriproct if you are allergic to prednisolone hexanoate, cinchocaine hydrochloride, any other local anaesthetics, or any of the other listed ingredients of this medication. You should not use this product if you are currently suffering from a viral infection (such as herpes, shingles, or chickenpox), or any bacterial or fungal infections you are not receiving treatment for. Tell your prescriber during your consultation if any of the following apply to you:
You need long-term, continuous treatment, as this can increase the possibility of side effects, especially in young children
The area you wish to treat is also infected, as the infection will need another treatment to be used alongside this one
You are sexually active and use latex condoms as your primary method of contraception, as this cream can damage latex and make it less effective
You experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances
Does Scheriproct ointment have any side effects?
Like all medications, Scheriproct ointment can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following severe side effects you may be having an allergic reaction, stop using this product and seek immediate medical attention if you have:
Swelling of the face, mouth, lips, tongue, or throat
Shortness of breath, wheezing
For a complete list of potential side effects of this medication, please read the patient information leaflet included with your treatment. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
Do I need a prescription for Scheriproct ointment?
You do need a prescription for Scheriproct ointment in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
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The active substances are prednisolone hexanoate and cinchocaine hydrochloride. 1 g of Scheriproct Ointment contains 1.9 mg prednisolone hexanoate and 5.0 mg cinchocaine hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are macrogol-400- monoricinoleate, castor oil, hydrogenated, castor oil, refined, 2 octyl dodecanol, perfume oil, Chypre.
Perfume oil, chypre contains the following allergens: 3-Methyl-4-(2,6,6-trimethyl-2- cyclohexen-1-yl)-3-buten-2-one; Benzyl alcohol; Benzyl benzoate; Benzyl cinnamate; Benzyl salicylate; Cinnamal; Cinnamyl alcohol; Citral; Citronellol; Coumarin; Eugenol; Farnesol; Geraniol; Hydroxycitronella; Isoeugenol; Linalool; Limonene (d-and l-Limonene); Oakmoss.
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