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ANUGESIC HC CREAM

Active substance(s): BENZYL BENZOATE / BISMUTH OXIDE / HYDROCORTISONE ACETATE / PERU BALSAM / PRAMOCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE / ZINC OXIDE

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Package leaflet: Information for the patient
Anugesic HC Cream
pramocaine hydrochloride, hydrocortisone acetate, zinc oxide, balsam peru, benzyl benzoate,
bismuth oxide
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Anugesic HC Cream is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Anugesic HC Cream
3. How to use Anugesic HC Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Anugesic HC Cream
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Important things that you SHOULD know about your medicine:




Anugesic HC Cream is used to treat severe pain and discomfort associated with haemorrhoids (piles),
and pruritus ani (itching around the anus) in adults. Anugesic HC Cream may be used for either of
these conditions.
Anugesic HC Cream is for topical use and should only be used as directed. Do not swallow the cream
or use on other areas of the skin. If you accidentally swallow Anugesic HC Cream, tell your doctor
immediately.
Anugesic HC Cream can sometimes cause burning, itching or stinging around the anus (See Section 4
for more details). See your doctor immediately if these symptoms do not go away

Please read the rest of this leaflet. It includes other important information on the safe and effective use of
this medicine that might be especially important to you.
1. What Anugesic HC Cream is and what it is used for


Anugesic HC Cream contains several active ingredients. One of these is pramocaine
hydrochloride which is an anaesthetic which acts on the skin and mucous membranes to
relieve pain and itching. Another of the active ingredients is hydrocortisone acetate which is
one of the group of medicines called corticosteroids which help to relieve inflammation. The
other active ingredients of Anugesic HC Cream have astringent, protective, soothing and mild
antiseptic properties. The cream may also provide lubrication for the insertion of
suppositories. (For other ingredients see section 6).



Anugesic HC Cream is used to treat the severe pain and discomfort associated with
haemorrhoids (piles), and pruritus ani (itching around the anus). Haemorrhoids (piles) are
enlarged or swollen blood vessels around the anus, which can cause varying degrees of
discomfort, itching and irritation, particularly after a bowel movement. They may either be
internal (inside the anus) or external (outside the anus).

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Anugesic HC Cream is used in adults only and not recommended for children.

You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse.
2. What you need to know before you use Anugesic HC Cream
Do not use Anugesic HC Cream if you:


have tubercular, fungal or viral lesions e.g. genital warts



are allergic to the active substances or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section
6)



had a reaction to other similar medicines containing balsam peru

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Anugesic HC Cream
Tell your doctor if any of these apply to you, to help him or her decide if Anugesic HC Cream is suitable
for you:


If you suffer from any rectal bleeding (bleeding from the back passage). Although bleeding, (shown
as streaks of blood on toilet paper), is not uncommon in people with piles, it may be a sign of a more
serious condition and you should see your doctor to check this.



If you have any cuts or infection around the anus. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are in any
doubt about this as it is important not to use Anugesic HC Cream if the area around the anus is
infected.



If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant now, or likely to want to try to become pregnant in the
future.



If you have chicken pox or shingles.



If you have recently had a smallpox vaccination.

Other medicines and Anugesic HC Cream:
There are no known interactions with other medicines. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your
doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Anugesic HC cream as there may be better alternative
treatments for you.
Anugesic HC Cream contains propylene glycol, propyl and methyl parahydroxybenzoate
and balsam peru
Propylene glycol which may cause skin irritation.

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Propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) and Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) which may cause allergic
reactions (possibly delayed).
Balsam peru which may cause skin reactions.
3. How to use Anugesic HC Cream
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.


Wash the anal area thoroughly and then dry carefully with a soft towel. Apply a small amount of
Anugesic HC cream to the affected area at night, again in the morning and after each bowel
movement.



For internal application, use the plastic applicator nozzle provided. After use the nozzle should be
washed each time in hot soapy water and then thoroughly rinsed in cold water.



Do not use the cream for longer than seven days unless your doctor tells you to. If the condition
gets worse, or if rectal bleeding starts, consult a doctor immediately.



Anugesic HC Cream is for topical use only. Do not swallow the cream or apply it to any part of
the body except for the area around the anus (bottom) or into the rectum (back passage) using the
applicator.

If you use more than you should or accidentally swallow Anugesic HC Cream
If you accidentally swallow any cream or use more than your prescribed dose, tell your doctor or
pharmacist immediately.
The following side effects may occur as a result of swallowing the Anugesic HC Cream.
 fever
 nausea
 vomiting
 stomach pain
 diarrhoea
If you forget to use Anugesic HC Cream
If you forget to use Anugesic HC Cream, use it as soon as you remember unless it is time for your next
application. Do not use double the amount to make up for a forgotten application.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following side effects that have been seen with Anugesic HC Cream mostly affect the skin and
tissues around the anus. These side effects are usually mild and go away after a short time:


A burning, itching or stinging is occasionally felt around the anus, especially if the skin is broken.



Very rarely there are sensitivity reactions, such as a rash.

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Continuous use for long periods of time (longer than seven days) can be harmful, causing the skin to
thin, develop a stripy appearance or affect the blood vessels just below the skin. If you use Anugesic
HC Cream regularly and are at all worried, speak to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side
effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
United Kingdom
Yellow Card Scheme website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

5. How to store Anugesic HC Cream


Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.



Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and on the carton after
EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.



Store in the original container.



Do not store above 25ºC.



Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Anugesic HC Cream contains
The active substances are: pramocaine hydrochloride, hydrocortisone acetate, zinc oxide, balsam peru,
benzyl benzoate, bismuth oxide. Each 100g of Anugesic HC cream contains pramocaine hydrochloride
1.0g, hydrocortisone acetate 0.5g, zinc oxide 12.35g, balsam peru 1.85g, benzyl benzoate 1.2g, bismuth
oxide 0.875g.
The other ingredients are: liquid paraffin, propylene glycol (E1520), polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate,
glyceryl monostearate, titanium dioxide (E171), the preservatives methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218)
and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216)(see section 2 Anugesic HC Cream contains propylene glycol,
propyl and methyl parahydroxybenzoate and balsam peru) and purified water.
What Anugesic HC Cream looks like and contents of the pack
Anugesic HC Cream is a buff coloured cream with an antiseptic odour. Anugesic HC Cream is available
in tubes containing 15g, 25g or 30g of cream. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
The Marketing Authorisation Holder in the United Kingdom is Pfizer Limited, Ramsgate Road,
Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9NJ, United Kingdom.
Manufacturer:
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Famar Orléans, 5 avenue de Concyr, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2, France.
Company contact address:
For further information on your medicine, please contact Medical Information at the address below
Pfizer Limited, Walton Oaks, Dorking Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7NS
Telephone 01304 616161
Leaflet last revised in:
06/2016
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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