Generic Name: pramoxine
Drug Class: topical anesthetic
Proctofoam is a topical prescription drug used to relieve pain and itching caused by certain skin conditions, including eczema, sunburn, insect bites, cold sores, rashes, and minor burns or cuts. It also temporarily relieves discomfort and itching caused by hemorrhoids.
Proctofoam Dosage Forms
This is available in Proctofoam 1% foam.
Proctofoam Mechanism of Action
This topical medication works by inhibiting the transmission of impulses along sensory nerve fibers, which can lead to the relief of irritation, pain, and itching. It blocks the initiation and conduction of certain nerve impulses from sensory nerves by minimizing the permeability of the neuronal membrane to sodium ions. This action stabilizes the membrane and hampers depolarization. It then results in the failure of propagated action potential and subsequent conduction blockade.
How to Use Proctofoam
Before you start using Proctofoam, it is necessary to read the drug information or patient information leaflet, or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. Unless you fully understand how any medication should be used, you should not take it. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need additional medical advice or information.
Gently clean and dry the affected area. Shake the solution before using it. This topical drug is applied to the area three to four times a day. If being used for hemorrhoids, apply it after each bowel movement or four to five times daily. Spray the foam to a clean tissue and apply the foam to the area. Wash your hands shortly after use.
Plan a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your dosage. It is also important not to exceed the suggested dosage of this oral drug.
Proctofoam Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Severe rectal blain
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Proctofoam.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or healthcare professional.
Warnings and Precautions when using Proctofoam
Do not use this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to pramoxine or any inactive ingredients the cream may contain. You should always be alert for serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of your face and neck, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes and hives/itchiness. In such cases, you should stop taking this medicine and seek emergency medical attention.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of serious burns, animal bites, blistered skin, and open wounds. In addition, discuss all of your prescription and nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products with your doctor in order to avoid any potential drug interactions.
This drug must be avoided by pregnant women as it is known to harm unborn babies.
How much does Proctofoam cost in Canada?
You may see the list of Proctofoam price on this page. Ordering from PharmaPassport gets you the best deals when you purchase your prescription drugs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Proctofoam used for?
Proctofoam (pramoxine hydrochloride) is a topical foam that is being used for hemorrhoids. It also manages itching and pain caused by certain skin conditions.
Is Proctofoam a steroid?
This drug is considered a local anesthetic. Another variant called Proctofoam HC contains active ingredients that are considered steroids and anesthetics.
How quickly does Proctofoam work?
It depends on the severity of pain and itching that you are shuddering from. For most people using this drug, they are relieved of discomfort within 10 minutes after application.
Does Proctofoam shrink hemorrhoids?
This specific prescription medication does not heal or shrink hemorrhoids. It can only address the itching or pain caused by hemorrhoids.
Is Proctofoam the same as preparation H?
Proctofoam vs Preparation H – These medications are indicated for hemorrhoids. However, Preparation H contains a different active ingredient, phenylephrine.
Is Proctofoam over the counter?
This product is a prescription drug. You need to get a valid prescription from your physician before purchasing from any pharmacy.