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Over-The-Counter Hemorrhoids Treatments


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Hemorrhoids TreatmentsHemorrhoids are enlarged veins and swollen tissue of the rectum, either just inside or outside the anus. Over-the-counter creams and suppositories are the first choice for treating hemorrhoids. Antiseptics and hydrocortisone reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. Brands that include antiseptics and hydrocortisone include Preparation H® and Tucks®. Avoid hemorrhoid creams that contain anesthetics such as benzocaine. These may temporarily relieve pain but can cause allergic reactions. Over-the-counter laxatives can be used to soften bowel movements and prevent the straining that can cause hemorrhoids. Types of stool softeners include docusate-containing items such as Perrigo® or bulk-forming laxatives like Citrucel® or FiberCon®. Hemorrhoids commonly occur during pregnancy from the pressure of the growing baby. During pregnancy, use sitz baths, creams, pads and stool softeners for relief. Do not use suppositories because the medications in them may affect the baby.

Sources: Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. American Pharmaceutical Association, 1996.Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. Appleton & Lange, 1999.Micromedex® Healthcare Series. Thomson Micromedex, 2007.Diseases and Conditions, "Hemorrhoids."http://www.mayoclinic.com. Mayo Clinic Health. Last accessed 1/3/2007.Drug Facts and Comparisons. Facts & Comparisons, 2007.This answer prepared 5/16/2000. This information updated 1/3/2007.

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