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Medications for Anal Itching

Other names: Pruritus Ani

Anal itching is itching and irritation in and around the anus. It may be associated with similar symptoms including burning and pain.

Drugs used to treat Anal Itching

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
hydrocortisone 4.5 3 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Brand names:  Proctozone HC, Preparation H Anti-Itch Cream Hydrocortisone 1%, Anucort-HC, Anusol-HC, Anusol-HC Suppositories, Procto-Med HC, Cortizone-5, Gynecort Maximum Strength, Hemmorex-HC, Itch-X Lotion, Proctocort, Sarnol-HC …show all

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

clobetasol Off-label 10 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: clobetasol topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Proctozone HC Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

lidocaine Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Brand names:  Xylocaine Jelly, RectiCare, Xylocaine Topical, AneCream, Lidopin, CidalEaze, LidaMantle, LidoRx, Lidovex, Lidozion, Lidozol, LMX 5, Topicaine, Zionodil …show all

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Preparation H Anti-Itch Cream Hydrocortisone 1% Rate Add review
OTC C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Anucort-HC Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

zinc oxide 9.0 2 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: zinc oxide topical

Brand names:  Boudreaux Butt Paste, Balmex, Ammens Medicated, Anorectal Cream, Critic Aid, Delazinc, Elta Seal Moisture Barrier, Triple Paste …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Anusol-HC Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Xylocaine Jelly Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Anusol-HC Suppositories Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Procto-Med HC Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

RectiCare Rate Add review
OTC B N

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Xylocaine Topical Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

benzocaine Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: benzocaine topical

Brand names:  Americaine, Anacaine, Medicone

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

AneCream Rate Add review
OTC B N

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Cortizone-5 Rate Add review
OTC C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Boudreaux Butt Paste 8.0 1 review
OTC N N

Generic name: zinc oxide topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Gynecort Maximum Strength Rate Add review
OTC C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Hemmorex-HC Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Itch-X Lotion Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Lidopin Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Proctocort Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Sarnol-HC Rate Add review
OTC C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone topical

Drug class: topical steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

CidalEaze Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

dibucaine 10 1 review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: dibucaine topical

Brand name:  Nupercainal

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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