Anal Fissure Ointment
Anal fissures are small tears or cuts in the skin lining
the anus, which can cause pain and/or bleeding. Patients
with anal fissures typically experience extreme pain
when having a bowel movement and red blood streaking
in the stool.
Some of the more common causes
of anal fissures include:
• Hard, dry bowel movements causing a tear in the anal lining,
resulting in a fissure.
• Chronic diarrhea and inflammation of the anorectal
An anal fissure that develops
all of a sudden is usually due to a recent change in
bowel habits. Persistent or recurring fissures can be
caused by continually poor bowel habits, overly tight
or spastic anal sphincter muscles, scarring in the anal
lining, or an underlying medical problem such as inflammatory
bowel disease or an infection.
90% of all acute anal fissures
can be managed non-surgically by increasing dietary
fiber, using stool softeners, drinking plenty of fluids,
and by taking warm baths to sooth and relax the anal
muscles. Special medicated anal ointments are frequently
prescribed to encourage faster healing.
Apothecary Options prepares a
special anal fissure cream that has been used successfully
by dozens of patients. It combines eight different ingredients
all into one, cost-effective product.
What side effects can
this medication cause? This drug may make you
drowsy and dizzy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery
until you know how it affects you. Ask your doctor about
the safe use of alcoholic beverages while you are using
this. Alcohol can make the side effects from nitroglycerin
ointment worse. Be careful when you first stand up in
case you feel faint. Nifedipine and nitroglycerin can
lower your blood pressure, but usually only when taken
in higher doses. Other side effects that may occur include:
headache, skin irritation or rash, dizziness, upset
stomach, headache, flushing (feeling of warmth). If
you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using
this medication and call your doctor immediately: blurred
vision, dry mouth, chest pain, irregular heartbeat,
shakiness, or seizures. Do not use this product if you
are allergic to anesthetic agents such as Novocaine.
If you develop a mild headache, ask your doctor if you
may take acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Nifedipine 0.2% is a calcium channel blocker that helps reduce anal sphincter spasms and also works to increase blood flow to the affected area thus encouraging healing.
- Lidocaine 5% & Tetracaine 0.5% are local anesthetics and are used to numb the painful areas.
- Hydrocortisone 2.5% is a steroid, which is used to reduce inflammation that may be causing pain.
- Nitroglycerin 0.2% is a vasodilating agent that relaxes blood vessels and impoves blood flow to the affected areas. Higher concentrations of nitroglycerin can cause a pounding headache. In our experience, the 0.2% concentration is well tolerated by most patients.
- Vitamins E, A, & D are fat-soluble vitamins. They have anti-oxidant and wound healing properties and are a common ingredient in many topical healing preparations.
60gm = $39.85
120gm = $63.75 (save 20%)
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