Gastrointestinal disorders

Hemorrhoids

About Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed veins around the anus or lower rectum. They are either inside the anus or under the skin around the anus. They often result from straining to have a bowel movement. Other factors include pregnancy, aging and chronic constipation or diarrhea.

Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women. About half of all people have hemorrhoids by age 50. The most common symptom of hemorrhoids inside the anus is bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
  • Bright red blood covering your stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl
  • Anal pain or itching

Top Medications for Hemorrhoids according to our users

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All Medications for Hemorrhoids

  • Laxative > Bulk-producing

    • Metamucil
      (Psyllium)
      Over-the-counter

      The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil (Psyllium) does more than relieve constipation. It lowers cholesterol, keeps blood sugar levels healthy, and makes you feel less hungry between meals.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Liquid

Decongestant

  • Phenylephrine
    Prescription or OTC

    Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) is a good medication for relieving stuffy nose. It doesn't work as well as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), but it has fewer side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Nasal spray
    • Eye drops
    • Suppository
  • Vasodilator > Nitrate

    • Nitrostat
      (Nitroglycerin)
      Prescription only

      Nitroglycerin is the fastest-working medicine to relieve chest pain, but make sure to sit down before taking it.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Patch
      • Mouth spray
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Rectal gel or ointment

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  • Baby wipes are very helpful. I lightly use toilet paper, and heavily rely on baby wipes.