A hemorrhoid suppository is a malleable capsule-shaped treatment used for treating primarily internal hemorrhoids but it can also be beneficial for external hemorrhoids. This type of medication is inserted into the anus to treat and relieve the itchiness and inflammation of the hemorrhoids by providing a barrier between the hemorrhoid and stool.
A hemorrhoid suppository is not intended to be taken orally and because it melts once inserted into the anus it requires refrigeration because of its soft and waxy structure.
Hemorrhoid suppositories can contain natural ingredients such as witch hazel, or formulated ingredients such as phenylephrine HCl. Hemorrhoid suppositories will also contain a base ingredient such as cocoa butter which is responsible for making it solid when refrigerated, and why they gradually melt when inserted in the anus. This medication also contains other essential ingredients that provide relief as a whole to the hemorrhoidal region.
How do Hemorrhoid Suppositories Work?
Hemorrhoidal suppositories work by treating the affected anal or lower rectal regions. They will briefly relieve the pain, itchiness, inflammation and burning sensation caused by hemorrhoids and will also protect the affected area from further infection and irritation that can be caused by bowel movements and contact with stool.
A hemorrhoidal suppository is used by inserting its rounded end first inside the anus. Then, the rectal muscles hold the suppository and push the medication further into the anal cavity. Once you insert the cold hemorrhoidal suppository into your anus your body heat will quickly melt it. As it does so, the medication will start to take effect on the affected anal or lower rectal areas.
How to Use a Hemorrhoid Suppository
Clean the area around your anus well by using a mild antibacterial soap, and water, rinse the area well with clear warm water and pat with a towel gently until dry.
Usually, the medication packaging will provide step-by-step instructions as to how to use the hemorrhoid suppository. However, in case of uncertainty, it would be best to consult your doctor.
Hemorrhoid suppositories are usually used after every bowel movement or up to 6 times daily. However, since dosage can differ from one case to the next, following your doctor’s prescription would be the best guide as to how many times you should use this form of medication.
Do not use more suppositories than prescribed ans always make sure they are in solid and cold form when inserted, and do not try to use it when it is in melted state, good luck if you try! Also, you only need to push the suppository into your anus a short way before your sphincter muscle closes around the bottom of the suppository and pushes it further into the anal passage.
Do not use hemorrhoid suppositories when the affected area is bleeding or severely infected If the medication does not provide relief or you do not experience noticeable results after a week of treatment, it could possibly be an indication of a more severe infection or, something other than hemorrhoids, whatever, If you have no improvement in your condition after a week then you should consult your doctor right away.
Possible Side Effects from Using Suppositories for Hemorrhoids
In the vast majority of cases using suppositories will not cause any alarming side effects. However, it is best to follow your doctor’s prescription or, stick to the advised dosage on the packaging which will tell you how many suppositories you should be using daily and the best times when they should be used, doing so will ensure you avoid any additional problems due to excessive use.
There are always exceptions and in rare cases, this type of medication can cause allergic reactions to users. Therefore, if you start having headaches, dizziness, excessive and abnormal sweating, shivers, rashes, abnormal heart rhythm, sleep and breathing problems, stop using the medication and consult your doctor right away.
Suppositories are not advisable for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children 12 years and below, unless prescribed by the doctor.
Also, tell your doctor if you have ever experienced allergic reactions to any of the ingredients found in the medication.
How do Suppositories Interact with Other Medicines
Since suppositories may be incompatible to use when you take other drugs, it is best to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, other than what he or she may have prescribed for you previously.
Suppositories are usually taken after each bowel movement or, up to 6 times daily. However, to make this medication provide optimal results, you will need to pair it with proper diet, take regular exercise, and eat fiber rich foods and drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
In case you ever forget to take this medication during the prescribed schedule, you can either use it right away or skip the medication until the next schedule. On the other hand, skip it when you remembered taking the medication at a time already near the next prescribed schedule. Do not use the medication twice at a time to catch up with the missed schedule.
Suppositories must be stored in a cool dry place with a temperature not exceeding 25°C although the refrigerator is the best place. As stated previously, do not try to use the medication when in a melted condition. Also, when the medication has expired or is no longer safe to use you should dispose of it.
People who have used hemorrhoid suppositories as a medication have found it effective in treating internal, and to a lesser extent, external hemorrhoids. They generally feel satisfied with the results after using this type of treatment.
However, the one concern that many sufferers have in common is that suppositories cause uneasiness when inserted, unfortunately that is something that is unavoidable. Aside from that, they are satisfied with the effectiveness of this medication.
Hemorrhoid Suppositories vs Hemorrhoidal Cream
Suppositories are known to be more effective for treating internal hemorrhoids compared to topical creams. This is because they directly treat the anal and lower rectal area through medication insertion and topical creams and ointments such as Glycerin with Witch Hazel and Medicone only provide relief on the external region of the affected area.
Comparing the two treatments to find out which is better is not really a worthwhile exercise because in most cases the active ingredients in both forms of medication are similar if not identical. The only difference being that one is designed to be applied to external hemorrhoids in the form of a cream or ointment and the other for insertion into the anus.
So no, one is not better than the other, they are just different ways of taking the same medication.
What are the Best Hemorrhoid Suppositories to Use
Every sufferer will have treatments that they use that they will say has helped them better than any of the others they have tried, the problem is that this ‘best’ treatment can be different from one individual to the next.What works for one person will not always work for the next.
With that being the case I will provide below a quick rundown of some of the “best” suppositories you can get your hands on.
Preparation H Suppositories
Preparation H suppositories are one of the most popular hemorrhoid treatments to be used since it treats by healing internal hemorrhoidal tissues and quickly relieves symptoms.
It contains cocoa butter, shark liver oil and phenylephrine HCl.
Cocoa butter serves as the base ingredient to make the suppository solid and formed, as it is in many other suppository brands.
Shark liver oil is responsible for treating and relieving the inflammation in the affected area, and for making the healing process faster.
Phenylephrine HCl helps by relieving the area from pain, irritation, swelling and burning sensation.
Following closely on the heels of Preparation H in terms of popularity Anusol suppositories probably fill the other half of the shelf next to Prep H at your local pharmacy!
Each suppository contains Zinc oxide, Balsam Peru and Bismuth oxide all of which help heal and protect damaged tissues in the case of the zinc and the bismuth and shrink hemorrhoids with the astringent and healing properties of the Balsam of Peru.
A stronger variant containing hydrocortisone is also available on prescription.
Wiseways Herbals Witch Hazel Suppositories
WiseWays Herbals have been creating quality herbal products since 1988 and among their impressive 100 plus list of completely natural products are a couple that would be of use to hemorrhoid sufferers who prefer to go, or would like to try, the natural route.
The treatment I will focus on however is Wiseways Herbals Witch Hazel Suppositories. As mentioned, all of the ingredients used are 100% natural, many of which will be used to some degree in the better known brands.
Ingredients include Cocoa Butter, Bees Wax, Olive Oil, the flowers of Arnica and Calendula, Chamomile, Horse Chestnut, Witch Hazel, Yarrow, Plantain, Slippery Elm, Plantain, Stone Root, Red Clover and a fair few other extracts and essential oils that all combine to provide an effective and natural suppository treatment for hemorrhoids.
Calmol 4 Suppositories
Calmol 4 Suppositories have a high percentage of Cocoa butter compared to other suppositories meaning they melt faster and because of this and their bulb shape which is unique to the brand they are easier to insert and more comfortable to use.
This suppository contains about 10% Zinc Oxide, which is an antiseptic and protects the skin. Other ingredients include: dimethicone, cod liver oil, lanolin, mineral oil, parabens, petroleum jelly, and wax.
Calmol 4 Suppositories are an effective treatment providing temporary relief from irritation, itching, and burning.
Boiron Avenoc Suppositories
Avenoc Suppositories by Boroin are only meant for adult use and are a homeopathic treatment.
As with other suppositories they use cocoa butter as their delivery vessel and contain powerful, effective, and 100% natural ingredients that are widely accepted by the homeopathic community to, not just treat the symptoms of hemorrhoids, but to attack the root cause of them and start healing the problem from within.
The natural ingredients that are in these suppositories are Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut, and Stone root.
Hemorrhoid suppositories are known and proven to provide more effective relief and treatment for internal hemorrhoids since this type of medication is directly delivered onto the affected area, it provides better treatment results. It is also considered that the use of suppositories will shorten healing and recovery in many cases, making the treatment process faster on the whole.
The use of suppositories, natural or otherwise, is an effective method of delivering medication to an otherwise difficult area to treat, making them the best option for treating internal hemorrhoids.