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This article was published on September 18, 2013, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
Hemorrhoid suppositories can provide temporary relief from the discomfort associated with internal, prolapsed hemorrhoids. Depending on the type of suppository, the active medication can decrease inflammation and pain or act as a laxative to ease bowel movements and help with constipation. While the only way to truly get rid of hemorrhoids is to look into procedures like the CRH O’Regan System, suppositories can still offer temporary relief.
Solid, waxy, and easy to use, hemorrhoid suppositories can be found at almost any drugstore. Simply remove the small, oval-shaped medication from the package and insert it into the anus, pointed end first. Once inserted, the suppository begins to dissolve, gradually releasing its active ingredient and delivering a small dose of medication at a time. In order to alleviate the itching or burning sensation from internal, prolapsed hemorrhoids, hemorrhoid suppositories are made with either natural herbs such as witch hazel or synthetic agents like phenylephrine HCl. A non-active ingredient such as a coco-butter base may also be added to help keep the medication from softening too quickly. Keep in mind that people with bleeding hemorrhoids or severely infected tissue around the anus should ask a doctor before using this type of treatment.
Since the medication in hemorrhoid suppositories is released bit by bit, its positive effects last longer – providing longer relief from symptoms associated with hemorrhoids. However, internal hemorrhoids rarely go away on their own and suppositories can still only provide relief temporarily. For information about eliminating hemorrhoids for good, schedule a consultation with a CRH O’Regan partner doctor near you.