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Hydrocortisone contains lidocaine and hydrocortisone as the active ingredients in Xyloproct.
Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, numbs the site where it is used. Lidocaine temporarily blocks the flow of pain messages along nerve fibres and provides relief from itching and pain.
Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation. The immune system releases natural substances that cause inflammation. These substances cause blood vessels to widen, which can lead to irritation, redness and swelling. Hydrocortisone works inside cells to reduce the production of these substances. It can be applied to the area around the anus to reduce swelling and itching caused by haemorrhoids or other conditions.
Your doctor will advise you on how much and how often you should use the ointment. The ointment should usually be applied to the affected area multiple times per day.
Each day, you can use up to 6 grams (grams) of the ointment. It is approximately a third of one tube.
Xyloproct Ointment shouldn't be used for a longer period than prescribed.
Your doctor might recommend that you take a break from treatment if your treatment is prolonged (up to three weeks), especially if irritation occurs around the area where the ointment was applied.
Your doctor might perform a patch test to determine if irritation is caused by Xyloproct Ointment.
An applicator is included with the ointment. If you are required to use the applicator, your doctor will let you know. If you are told by your doctor to use the applicator for pain relief, make sure to not put too much product in the back passage. After each use, clean the applicator thoroughly.
you are allergic to any of the other ingredients of this medicine or to any other medicine;
you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction to other local anaesthetics or to other corticosteroid medicines;
you have an infection in the area intend to be treated;
you are taking treatment for an uneven heartbeat;
you are taking any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine;
you have very thin or fragile skin in the affected area; or
you have a family history of a rare disease of the blood pigment called ‘porphyria’.
Side effects are possible with Xyloproct, as with all medications. These side effects are mild and go away in some time or as the body adjusts to the medicine. If you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction (rash or swelling of the face or shortness of breathing), stop using Xyloproct immediately.
Redness, swelling, and itching can be caused by Xyloproct. If you notice any bleeding or redness in your back, stop using Xyloproct.
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