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What are Anusol suppositories and ointment?

Anusol is a hemorrhoid medication that comes in two formats: suppository and ointment. Anusol provides relief to the swelling, itching and irritation or external and internal piles.


Anusol ointment is a topical treatment which is applied to the affected area. Anusol suppositories are inserted into the anus.  

How does Anusol work?

Anusol contains 5 active ingredients.


Hydrocortisone acetate is a mild steroid that helps reduce inflammation. Zinc oxide and Bismuth salts are mildly astringent and antiseptic. They soothe and protect raw areas. Balsam Peru is a mild antiseptic that can help healing. Benzyl benzoate has mild antiseptic properties.

How do you take Anusol suppositories and ointment?

Anusol Ointment


Wash the anal area and gently pat dry with a soft towel before applying Anusol.


For external piles, apply Anusol sparingly to the affected area. Do not use more than 4 times a day unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. Do not use for more than seven consecutive days.  


For internal piles, place screw the nozzle onto the tube, remove the nozzle cap and insert into the anus. Gently squeeze the tube. Clean the nozzle after each use.


Anusol Suppositories


Insert one suppository into the anus far enough that it won’t slip out in the morning, at night, and after each bowel movement. Do not use more than 3 suppositories a day. Do not use for more than 7 consecutive days.

How effective are Anusol suppositories and ointment?

Anusol suppositories and ointment are clinically proven hemorrhoid treatments. Results may vary from person to person.

In addition to using Anusol, there are some lifestyle factors you can consider to help with your piles. These include:

  • Drinking lots of water
  • Eating a high fibre diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Not eating too many salty, fatty, or sugary foods
  • Cutting back on alcohol, tea and coffee
  • Exercising regularly

What are the main side effects of Anusol suppositories and ointment?

Like all medicines, Anusol can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Anusol suppositories and ointments are burning, redness and itching.


For a list of further side effects, please see the patient information leaflets: suppository and ointment.

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Subtitle Suppositories and Ointment
Dosage Instructions Insert ONE suppository in the rectum when required.