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McNeil Healthcare (Ireland) Ltd

Airton Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 466 5200
Fax: +353 1 466 5316

Summary of Product Characteristics last updated on medicines.ie: 15/06/2017
SPC Anusol HC Ointment

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Anusol HC Ointment

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Each 100g of ointment contains:

Hydrocortisone Acetate


Benzyl Benzoate


Bismuth Subgallate


Bismuth Oxide


Balsam Peru


Zinc Oxide



Wool fat


For a full list of excipients see section 6.1.

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A smooth, homogeneous buff coloured ointment with the characteristic odour of Balsam Peru.

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4.1 Therapeutic indications

Anusol HC Ointment is indicated for the symptomatic relief of external and internal haemorrhoids, proctitis, cryptitis, anal fissures, pruritus ani and perianal sinuses. Also indicated post-operatively in ano-rectal surgical procedures.

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4.2 Posology and method of administration



Thoroughly cleanse the affected area, dry and apply ointment on a gauze dressing. Apply ointment to the affected area at night, in the morning and after each evacuation. For internal conditions use rectal nozzle provided and clean it after each use. Do not use for longer than 7 days, unless on the advice of a doctor.

Not to be taken orally.

Elderly (over 65 years)

As for adults


Not recommended

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4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to the active substance(s) or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1

Tubercular, fungal, bacterial and viral lesions including herpes simplex, vaccinia and varicella.

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4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Patients with rectal bleeding or blood in the stool should talk to their doctor before using this product as these conditions may be the symptom of a more serious underlying disorder.

As with all products containing topical steroids the possibility of systemic absorption should be borne in mind.

Prolonged or excessive use may produce systemic corticosteroid effects with suppression of adrenocortical function and toxicity. Use for periods longer than seven days is not recommended unless under the direction of a doctor.

The product should be discontinued and the patient advised to consult a medical practitioner if symptoms do not improve, worsen, or if rectal bleeding occurs.

Continuous application without interruption will result in local atrophy of the skin, striae and superficial vascular dilatation.

Visual disturbance

Visual disturbance may be reported with systemic and topical corticosteroid use. If a patient presents with symptoms such as blurred vision or other visual disturbances, the patient should be considered for referral to an ophthalmologist for evaluation of possible causes which may include cataract, glaucoma or rare diseases such as central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR) which have been reported after use of systemic and topical corticosteroids.

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4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Concurrent use with other corticosteroid preparations, either topically or orally may increase the likelihood of systemic effects.

Co-treatment with CYP3A inhibitors, including cobicistat containing products, is expected to increase the risk of systemic effects. The combination should be avoided unless the benefit outweighs the increased risk of systemic corticosteroid side-effects, in which case patients should be monitored for systemic corticosteroid side-effects.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy & lactation

Should not be used during pregnancy or lactation unless the potential benefit of treatment to the mother outweighs the possible risk to the developing foetus or nursing infant.

There are no adequate and well-controlled clinical studies of fixed combinations of balsam peru, benzyl benzoate, bismuth oxide, bismuth subgallate, zinc oxide and hydrocortisone acetate in pregnant or breast-feeding women. There may be a very small risk of cleft palate and intrauterine growth retardation as well as suppression of the neonatal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. There is evidence of harmful effects in animals.

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4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Not applicable

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4.8 Undesirable effects

No Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) have been identified from the analysis of post-marketing data for fixed combinations of Balsam Peru, bismuth oxide and zinc oxide.

ADRs identified during Post-Marketing experience with Zinc Oxide (topical use) are listed below by System Organ Class (SOC).

The frequencies are defined in accordance with current guidance, as:

Very common



≥1/100 and < 1/10


≥1/1,000 and <1/100


≥1/10,000 and <1/1,000

Very rare


Not known

(cannot be estimated from the available data)

ADRs are presented by frequency category based on 1) incidence in adequately designed clinical trials or epidemiology studies, if available, or 2) when incidence cannot be estimated, frequency category is listed as 'Not known'.

System Organ Class (SOC)


Adverse Drug Reaction (Preferred Term)

Immune System Disorders



General Disorders and Administration site conditions

Not known

Application site reactions (including Burn*, Erythema, Exfoliation, Irritation, Pain, Pruritus, Rash and Urticaria)

Eye Disorders

Not known

Vision, blurred (see also section 4.4)

*Transient ADR especially if the anoderm is not intact.

Other adverse reactions include: Skin sensitisation reactions and systemic contact dermatitis, attributed directly to Balsam Peru have been reported in published literature.

Reporting of Suspected Adverse Reactions.

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2; Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax: +353 1 6762517. Website: www.hpra.ie; E-mail:medsafety@hpra.ie.

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4.9 Overdose

No overdose related adverse drug reactions have been identified from the post-marketing data analysis of Balsam Peru, benzyl benzoate, bismuth oxide, bismuth subgallate, hydrocortisone acetate and zinc oxide.

The ingestion of topical zinc oxide can potentiate gastrointestinal symptoms.

Symptoms of acute oral overdose of bismuth-containing preparations may include nausea, vomiting, renal failure and rarely liver damage. Encephalopathy and discolouration of mucous membranes may occur with chronic overdose.

No cases of Balsam Peru overdose have been identified in the medical literature.

If swallowed, fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea may develop 3-12 hours after ingestion.

Hydrocortisone does not normally produce toxic effects in an acute single overdose. Prolonged, use of topical corticosteroids may increase potential for local adverse effects, including steroid atrophy (thinning of the skin), striae (stretch marks), and Telangiectasia (visible blood vessels). Systemic availability after rectal administration is very low; however, excessive administration of corticosteroids may increase the potential for systemic effects, such as hypothalamic-pituitary axis suppression.

Treatment of a large acute overdosage should include gastric lavage, purgation with magnesium sulphate and complete bed rest. If necessary, give oxygen and general supportive measures. Methaemoglobinaemia should be treated by intravenous methylthioninium chloride.

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5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Anusol HC Ointment provides antiseptic, astringent, emollient and vascular decongestant properties. In addition, hydrocortisone exerts an anti-inflammatory effect.

Bismuth oxide, zinc oxide and bismuth subgallate exert a protective action on mucous membranes and raw surfaces. They are mildly astringent and are reported to have antiseptic properties.

Balsam Peru has protective properties and a very mild antiseptic action by virtue of its content of cinnamic and benzoic acids. It is believed to promote the growth of epithelial cells. Benzyl benzoate is used as a solubilising agent and has mild antiseptic and preservative properties.

Hydrocortisone acetate has the general properties of hydrocortisone and the anti-inflammatory action is of primary interest in this product.

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5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

It is well known that topically applied corticosteroids can be absorbed percutaneously. This appears to be more likely upon repeated or prolonged use.

The other active ingredients in Anusol HC Ointment exert their therapeutic effect without being absorbed into the systemic circulation. These observations are supported by evidence from various studies and reviews.

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5.3 Preclinical safety data

Pre-clinical safety data do not add anything of further significance.

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6.1 List of excipient(s)

Magnesium stearate

Theobroma Oil

Wool Fat (Lanolin anhydrous)

Castor oil

Kaolin light

White Soft Paraffin

Calcium hydrogen phosphate

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6.2 Incompatibilities

None applicable

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6.3 Shelf life

3 years

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6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C.

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6.5 Nature and contents of container

External printed aluminium tube, with plastic screw cap, accompanied by a plastic applicator nozzle.

Pack size: 15g, 25g, 30g

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

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6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements.

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements

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McNeil Healthcare (Ireland) Limited

Airton Road


Dublin 24


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PA 823/40/3

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30th March 1990 / 30th March 2010

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25 May 2017

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