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Proctofoam HC - does Proctofoam cure hemorrhoids or just help with the pain?

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christineATU 25 Aug 2010

This is the information I found. It sounds as if it is used for pain only. Good luck to you.


Treating pain, soreness, burning, and itching of the anal area due to hemorrhoids.

Proctofoam Foam is a topical anesthetic. It works by blocking pain signals from the nerve endings in the skin. This helps relieve discomfort.

Do NOT use Proctofoam Foam if:

you are allergic to any ingredient in Proctofoam Foam
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Proctofoam Foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with Proctofoam Foam. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Proctofoam Foam. Because little, if any, of Proctofoam Foam is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low

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charlesboggs 8 Jun 2011

My wife and I have both used Proctofoam. It does temporarily help pain but does not reduce or remove hemorrhoids in most people. If you have bleeding it will initially sting. The pain relief is not long lasting. Two problems we had were cost-a lot of insurance companies are not covering gels or foams on their prescription drug plans including Medicare and their supplemental insurances. Our local cost was $70 for a 6 treatment unit. Most pharmacies sell it in two unit containers making the cost $140, but the pharmacy may divide the unit for you. The other problem was application. External hemorrhoids are fairly easy. It is also more wasteful of the medication as it is a foam. Internal hemorrhoids are difficult to get the medication on. They give you an applicator about an inch long, but you loose about half your dose if you use it as it tends to stay in the applicator. If you can find it I recommend an ointment called Ferguson's 31. It is prescription only and you have to have a local pharmacy that can mix the ingredients. Do a search on Ferguson's 31 and ask you doctor about it. For us it was long lasting relief and it reduced the size of my wife's hemorrhoids somewhat. Hope that helps. free discount card

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