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What is Xyloproct?
Xyloproct is an ointment containing two active ingredients: lidocaine and hydrocortisone. Lidocaine is a type of medicine known as a local anaesthetic and hydrocortisone is classed as a corticosteroid. Xyloproct is used to relieve itching around the back passage or female genitals and ease symptoms of haemorrhoids (piles) and related problems in this area.
How to use Xyloproct
You should always use Xyloproct exactly how your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist has instructed you to - you will be told exactly how much ointment to use depending on your condition. Xyloproct should usually be put on the affected area several times a day and up to 6g of the ointment (a third of a tube) can be used each day. This medicine is for short-term use only; longer periods of treatments can last up to 3 weeks, but you may need to take a break.
Xyloproct comes with an applicator that can be used if the ointment needs to be applied inside the back passage - make sure to thoroughly clean this applicator after each use. You must be careful not to put too much ointment into the back passage, particularly if the patient is a child.
How do lidocaine and hydrocortisone treat haemorrhoids?
Each gram of Xyloproct contains 50mg of lidocaine and 2.75mg of hydrocortisone. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic - this means it numbs the area where you’ve used it by stopping the nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. Hydrocortisone is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid, which works by suppressing inflammation in the affected area.
What are haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen veins inside and around the back passage (anus). This is a common problem that usually gets better itself, but sometimes a cream or ointment is needed to ease the discomfort. Symptoms of haemorrhoids include:
Lumps in or around your back passage
Itchiness or irritation
Pain and discomfort
Haemorrhoids can affect anyone and often the cause is unknown. The veins around the back passage tend to stretch under pressure, so piles could occur if you’ve strained during bowel movements or suffered from diarrhoea or constipation. Eating a low fibre diet can also contribute to haemorrhoids, as well as lifestyle factors such as obesity and pregnancy.
Is Xyloproct suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, trying to have a baby or are breastfeeding, you should speak to a Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Xyloproct to make sure they’re right for you and your baby.
Is Xyloproct suitable for children?
Xyloproct is suitable for both adults and children of all ages. You should always follow your doctor or pharmacist’s advice when these tablets are prescribed to you or your child.
When should this medicine not be used?
This medicine will usually be safe and suitable for most adults and children, however, you must not use Xyloproct ointment if:
You are allergic to lidocaine, hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients in this medicine.
You have ever had an allergic reaction to other local anaesthetics or to other corticosteroid medicines.
You have an infection where the ointment is going to be put and the infection is not being treated.
You are taking medicines for an uneven heartbeat (such as amiodarone or sotalol) whilst you aren’t in hospital.
You should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for expert advice before using Xyloproct ointment if:
You are taking any other medicines or herbal remedies, including those obtained without a prescription
Your skin is very thin or fragile where the ointment is going to be put.
You have an infection where the ointment is going to be put.
You or any of your family have ever been told that you have a rare disease of the blood pigment called ‘porphyria’.
Are there any side effects?
As with all medicines, Xyloproct comes with the possibility of side effects. Fortunately, these won’t affect everyone. If you have any signs of an allergic reaction (rash, swelling of the face, shortness of breath) stop taking Xyloproct immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
Xyloproct can cause redness swelling and itching where it has been applied. You should stop using Xyloproct and contact your doctor if you notice any new soreness or bleeding in your back passage.
If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Do I need a prescription for Xyloproct?
You do need a prescription for Xyloproct 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.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Xyloproct can be stored in a refrigerator before use - when opened, store at room temperature below 25°C. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date, which is stated on the packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. You should discard any remaining ointment 2 months after opening.
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
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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