Generic Name: glycerin, petrolatum, phenylephrine, and pramoxine
Drug Class: anorectal preparation
Preparation H Ointment Indications
Preparation H Ointment is a topical prescription ointment prescribed to reduce itching, burning, and pain due to hemorrhoids. It also contains ingredients that form a barrier to prevent irritating contact with stool.
Preparation H Ointment Dosage Forms
This is available in the form of Preparation H Ointment 28 g tube.
Preparation H Ointment Mechanism of Action
This prescription ointment primarily works by temporarily narrowing the blood vessels in the rectal area, decreasing swelling and discomfort. Other Preparation H Ointment ingredients include hard fat, mineral oil, and petrolatum, which creates a protective barrier to prevent further irritation.
How To Use Preparation H Ointment
Before using this ointment, it is necessary to read the drug information or patient information leaflet, or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not use any medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further medical advice or additional details.
Use this ointment only in the area where it is indicated for. It is applied four times daily, in the morning, bedtime, and/or after each bowel movement. Do not increase or decrease your dosage, and do not use this drug more frequently than advised. Further, you must continue using this ointment until your doctor prescribes it.
Step-by-Step Guide on how to use Preparation H Ointment
- Before using this ointment, make sure to wash the area using a mild soap. Rinse it well and pat the rectal area dry.
- Remove the protective cover of the applicator tip that the product comes with.
- Attach the applicator to the tube of the ointment.
- Put a small amount of ointment into the tip of the applicator.
- Gently and slowly insert the applicator into the rectum. Squeeze the tube to apply the medication inside. If necessary, you can also apply the medication to the outer part of the anus.
- Clean the applicator with warm water and mild soap after each use.
- Replace the protective cover.
Side Effects of Preparation H Ointment
Mild & Common Side Effects:
- Mild pain or stinging in the rectal area
Severe Side Effects:
- Rectal pain
- Severe irritation
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pounding headache
- Sleep problems
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Preparation H Ointment.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or healthcare professional.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not use this ointment if you have a known allergy to mineral oil, beeswax, petrolatum, or any inactive ingredients the ointment may contain. Always watch out for any signs of serious allergic reactions, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this occurs, stop using this prescription medication and seek emergency medical help immediately.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of hyperthyroidism, diabetes, chest pain, heart attack, high blood pressure, and difficulty urinating. Additionally, due to possible drug interactions, you should discuss all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
This type of medication is not indicated for children who are 12 years of age and younger unless prescribed by a doctor.
Pregnant women may use this topical drug only if extremely necessary. Discuss all the possible risks with your doctor.
How much does Preparation H Ointment cost in Canada?
You can see the price of Preparation H Ointment at the top of this page. You may purchase Preparation H Ointment Canada by placing the order online or by ordering by phone. Get the best deals when you order your prescription drugs from PharmaPassport. We provide the lowest prices of medication for patients.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Preparation H Ointment used for?
Preparation H is a prescription ointment that is classified as anorectal preparation. This is a topical treatment for hemorrhoids. It manages symptoms such as rectal itching, burning, pain, and redness.
Does Preparation H Ointment shrink hemorrhoids?
This topical ointment’s main action is to temporarily relieve the swelling, itching, and pain caused by hemorrhoids. However, as it also forms a protective barrier to avoid further irritation, this drug may help shrink hemorrhoids.
How long can you use Preparation H Ointment?
You must not use this ointment longer than prescribed by your doctor. Usually, this medication is only prescribed for seven days. You must notify your healthcare provider if your symptoms do not improve within a week of regular use.
How long does Preparation H take to work?
This ointment is expected to relieve irritation, itching, or pain immediately after it has been applied. However, the response to this medication would also depend on your condition’s severity.
Can Preparation H make hemorrhoids worse?
Overall, Preparation H has been proven safe and effective for adults and children 12 years of age and above. It is considered one of the most effective medications for reducing swelling caused by hemorrhoids. It may only make your condition worse in case of an allergic reaction.
Which is better, Preparation H or Proctofoam?
Preparation H and Proctofoam are similarly indicated for hemorrhoids. However, these medications have different actions. They also come in different forms. Proctofoam is being applied in the form of a foam and is administered into the rectal area.
What is the best hemorrhoid treatment over the counter?
Preparation H Hemorrhoidal Ointment is considered one of the best hemorrhoid treatments as it is known to provide instant relief while preventing further irritation. This product is also non-Rx. Thus, you may purchase it over the counter.
Where to buy Preparation H with Biodyne?
You may purchase hemorrhoid cream with Bio-dyne at our online pharmacy. Pharma Passport has available Preparation H Ointment containing Bio-Dyne in 25 g and 50 g tubes.