Pramoxine hydrochloride serves a significant role in medicine with its many uses. As a topical local anaesthetic, it prevents nerves from sending pain signals.
It also treats pain and itching caused by insect bites, minor cuts, scrapes, burns, mild skin irritation, or dry skin. Moreover, it may temporarily ease soreness and discomfort from haemorrhoids (such as piles and anal fissures).
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Pramoxine hydrochloride is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication for external use only and not for oral consumption. It is available as topical cream, gel, spray, lotion and foam. It is advisable not to apply it on healthy skin or across vast portions of the skin. Rinse thoroughly with cool tap water if the medication touches the eyes.
The maximum recommended duration for using this medication is 14 days.
A doctor should be consulted before using this medication for people aged 21 or younger. Special care is needed to reduce the risk of side effects in children.
The geriatric population is more prone to damaged skin due to ageing, which may enhance side effects. The medicine should only be taken occasionally and for limited periods.
The gel, spray, cream, or lotion is applied topically to the affected area at most 3 to 4 times daily or as the doctor directs. The medication is administered topically for haemorrhoids up to 5 times daily or after each bowel movement.
If not prescribed by a doctor, Pramoxine hydrochloride should not be administered to children under the age of two. Inform your physician or chemist about your medical history before using this medicine. Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, avoid using this medication on children under the age of twelve for haemorrhoids or other genital/anal disorders.
It is important to note that this product may contain other inactive ingredients such as calamine, zinc acetate, and zinc oxide. If you have any allergies, consult your doctor or chemist before taking this medication.
Some common side effects associated with Pramoxine hydrochloride are as follows:
- dryness, redness, itching, swelling, burning, or pain in the affected area;
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual weakness or fatigue, and dizziness.
Some severe side effects of the medicine include:
- bleeding in the affected area
- skin rash
- intense itching
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
Pramoxine hydrochloride may cause other side effects. Contact the doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of these side effects.
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