What is Preparation H Gel?
Preparation H Gel is a treatment for piles and haemorrhoids which helps to moisturise the affected area. It helps to soothe and relieve symptoms of itchy and dry skin caused by piles. It’s non-greasy and is quickly absorbed into the skin for fast results.
What are piles and haemorrhoids?
Piles, also known as haemorrhoids, are enlarged blood vessels found inside and around your anus. Nobody knows the exact cause of piles, but one of the most common things thought to cause piles is straining too much when you’re on the toilet. This happens when you’re suffering from constipation.
How does Preparation H Gel help to treat piles?
Preparation H Gel uses natural ingredients to help cool and soothe the area affected by piles or haemorrhoids. One of these ingredients is Hamamelis water, more commonly known as witch hazel, which is well known for its soothing and cooling properties.
Can I use this product if I’m using another medication?
You should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if you are taking any other medication, including those obtained without a prescription. This especially applies to products used in the same area of application. Some medications can interact when used together, making your medication less effective or causing unwanted side effects, but a medical professional can help you to avoid this.
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding so you can be sure that Preparation H is safe for both you and your baby. Some products aren’t suitable for you and your little one at this time, and a medical professional can help you to choose the best possible treatment.
How to use Preparation H Gel
Apply Preparation H Gel freely to the affected area after every bowel movement. Also, be sure to apply Preparation H Gel when you are feeling any dryness or itching in areas affected by piles or haemorrhoids.
When should Preparation H Gel not be used?
Preparation H Gel is not suitable for use by children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you are allergic to witch hazel or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not swallow this gel, if you accidentally swallow this product seek medical advice. Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using Preparation H Gel if you are not sure whether your bleeding is being caused by piles, or you are suffering from excessive bleeding.
Are there any side effects?
Like all medications, Preparation H gel can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include symptoms of an allergic reaction. If you experience any side effects or irritation while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Store in the original packaging, do not use if expiration date printed on the packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist-4-U 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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- Hamamelis Water
- Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate, Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Hydroxethylcellulose, Sodiu, Citrate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Citric Acid.
Can I use preparation H clear gel when pregnant?
Preparation H clear gel contains hamamelis water, more commonly known as witch hazel. Hamamelis acts as an astringent. Astringents are commonly used in haemorrhoid preparations as they cause the cells they are in contact with to shrink and dry out. This causes shrinkage of the haemorrhoid, thereby relieving the associated pain and discomfort.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
This preparation is safe to use during pregnancy and by breastfeeding mothers.
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