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Anusol HC Suppositories
Anusol HC is a corticosteroid that works by relieving the swelling, itching, and discomfort caused by haemorrhoids and other problems of the anal area.


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Anusol HC is used for the treatment of minor pain, swelling, itching, and discomfort caused by haemorrhoids and other problems of the anal area such as anal fissures, and itching. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid, a synthetic steroid used as anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agents.

Anusol HC is a corticosteroid that works by relieving the swelling, itching, and discomfort caused by haemorrhoids and other problems of the anal area.

The main benefit of using Anusol HC is the relief it provides to the pain, swelling, itching, and discomfort caused by haemorrhoids and other problems of the anal area. This medication effectively relieves the swelling, pain, and itching in the anal area.

Use this product exactly as instructed by your doctor. It will also help if you will read first the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication package.

Start by washing the anal area and gently dry with a towel. Make sure to wash your hands and then remove the plastic cover from the suppository. Insert into the anus, far enough that it won’t fall out, and then wash your hands again.

The suppository melts once inserted in the anus, and you simply need to repeat this process at the next dose. Never take these tablets orally as they are specially designed to be inserted into the back passage.

The usual dose of Anusol HC is to insert one suppository tablet in the morning, at night and after each bowel movement, or as directed by your doctor.

You should not exceed 3 suppository tablets per day and you should not use the medication for more than 7 consecutive days unless advised by a doctor.

Anusol HC, like other medications, may cause some unwanted side effects, although not everybody who uses this medication gets the side effects.

When you use Anusol HC, there is the possibility that you may experience redness, itching, or burning at the application site. If any of these effects persist or worsen, get in touch with your doctor or pharmacist right away.

Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects such as rectal bleeding, skin redness or tenderness, change in skin appearance, or any other signs infection.

It is very rare that this medication may be absorbed into the bloodstream, which can lead to side effects of too many corticosteroids. The side effects are common in people and children who have been using this medicine for a long time. Report to your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • Weight loss
  • A headache
  • Unusual or extreme tiredness
  • Vision problems
  • Swelling ankles or feet
  • Increased thirst or urination

Immediately report to your doctor if you experience these rare but very serious side effects – signs of serious infection.

Anusol HC rarely causes very serious allergic reactions. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following:

  • Rash
  • Severe dizziness
  • Itching
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling or itching of the face, tongue, or throat

Report to your doctor if you will experience any other side effects that are associated with your use of this product.

Before you start using Anusol HC, inform your doctor if you are allergic to hydrocortisone, any of the inactive ingredients of this medicine, or if you have other allergies.

Share with your doctor your medical history before starting the use of Anusol HC, especially if you have a history of diabetes, infections, eye problems, stomach or intestinal problems, or liver disease.

If you have been using corticosteroid medication for a long time, the use of Anusol HC may make it difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Inform your healthcare professional that you have been using corticosteroid before any emergency treatment or surgical procedure.

Exercise caution when using this product in children. Do not apply this product over a large area or use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants unless ordered by your doctor.

Although rarely, this medication may slow down the growth of a child when used for a long time. The medicine’s effect on final adult height is still unknown. Have your doctor check regularly the height of your child.

This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Anusol HC must be prescribed only during pregnancy only when very necessary. When using during pregnancy, this product should not be used for long periods of time or in large amounts. Discuss first with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this product during pregnancy.

It is not established if Anusol HC passes into breast milk. Consult first with your doctor and discuss with him the benefits and risks of using this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions may alter the way your medicines work or increase the risk of side effects. Before you start using this medication, share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently using to enable him to check for any unsafe combination with Anusol HC.

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