The Anodesyn range includes ointment and suppositories for the symptomatic relief of pain and irritation associated with haemorrhoids (piles). Anodesyn products contain a local anaesthetic (lignocaine) that helps to numb the pain and allantoin to aid the healing process.
- Anodesyn ointment and Anodesyn suppositories contain lidocaine hydrochloride (previously known as lignocaine hydrochloride in the UK) and allantoin.
- Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic that works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain messages along nerve fibres. This allows relief from pain where the medicine has been applied.
- Allantoin acts as an astringent to cause the cells that it comes into contact with to shrink and dry out. This causes shrinkage of the haemorrhoid, thereby relieving the associated pain and discomfort.
Haemorrhoids occur when veins in the wall of the rectum become swollen and irritated and may cause irritation and pain on passing stools. Anodesyn preparations are used to relieve the symptoms of anal irritation associated with haemorrhoids.