What is Scheriproct?
Scheriproct is an ointment that is used to relieve the pain, irritation and itching that is associated with haemorrhoids (piles).
It contains a local anaesthetic which works to relieve the pain, as well as a substance known as prednisolone hexanoate, which reduces inflammation.
Scheriproct is a short-term topical treatment that should not be used for longer than 7 days. It is only available to purchase on prescription.
What is Scheriproct used to treat?
Scheriproct ointment provides effective relief from the uncomfortable symptoms that come with haemorrhoids (piles), including itching, inflammation, pain and discomfort.
This medicine is only to be used in the short-term, but most people who use it will find that their symptoms have improved significantly after just a few days of continuous use.
Haemorrhoids occur when the blood vessels in and/or around the anus swell, creating hard lumps. This is a common condition that can occur in both adults and children, causing pain, itching and discomfort.
According to Mayoclinic.org, there are a number of triggers that can cause haemorrhoids, including:
- Straining during a bowel movement
- Sitting down for too long
- Anal intercourse
- Heavy lifting
- Low-fibre diet
How does Scheriproct work?
The local anaesthetic medicine contained in this topical treatment is cinchocaine hydrochloride. This medicine works by blocking the body's pain signals from reaching the brain. This temporarily numbs the area the ointment has been applied to, relieving pain and discomfort.
Scheriproct also contains the corticosteroid prednisolone hexanoate, which works in the body's cells to reduce the chemicals that make the skin red, swollen, painful and itchy. When combined, these two ingredients provide comprehensive relief from the symptoms of piles.
How do I use Scheriproct?
Always use Scheriproct exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you. Read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
Gently but thoroughly wash and dry the anus and the surrounding skin before applying Scheriproct ointment.
In most cases, you will be told to apply the ointment twice a day, although for quick relief, you can apply it three or four times on the first day of use.
For internal haemorrhoids:
- Screw the applicator onto the tube. Do not use if the applicator is damaged.
- Squeeze the tube until the applicator has been filled with ointment. This is the equivalent to one dose of ointment.
- Carefully insert the applicator inside the anus until the whole length of the applicator has been inserted.
- Withdraw the applicator slowly while squeezing the tube.
- Clean the applicator after each use. Use a cotton swab to remove any remaining ointment in the applicator and clean it again. Rinse the applicator under warm water for one minute, then dry with a paper towel.
For external haemorrhoids:
- Squeeze a pea-sized amount of ointment onto your finger tip.
- Gently spread it over the skin and just inside the anus, but do not rub it in.
Do not use this treatment for longer than 7 days.
Always wash your hands before and after you have applied Scheriproct ointment.
Read the patient information leaflet for full instructions.
Who can use Scheriproct?
Scheriproct is an effective short-term treatment for the symptoms of haemorrhoids, but it is not suitable for everyone to use.
You should only use Scheriproct if it has been prescribed for you by a doctor.
Do not use Scheriproct if any of the following applies to you:
- You are allergic to prednisolone hexanoate, cinchocaine hydrochloride, any other local anaesthetics, or any of the other ingredients contained in this ointment
- You have a viral infection, such as chickenpox or shingles
- You have any untreated bacterial or fungal infections of the skin
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before you use this medicine.
This list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, for further details on precautions.