Over the Counter Hemorrhoid Medication

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Although most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, they are present in everyone. It is only when the hemorrhoidal cushions enlarge that hemorrhoids can cause problems and be considered abnormal or a more serious condition. While there are natural home remedies available to treat hemorrhoids, some people prefer to buy over the counter medications for this purpose.  Persevering with such medication or a natural home remedy along with some lifestyle changes such as: a healthier diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and fiber; drinking plenty of water; getting regular exercise; and preventing constipation can lead to a very successful outcome.

There are many OTC hemorrhoids medications available.  Some are for pain and discomfort while others will help alleviate the common cause of hemorrhoids which is constipation.  OTC hemorrhoid medications will reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids but their effectiveness usually relates to their treatment of anal conditions other than hemorrhoids - for example, the anal itching that often accompany hemorrhoids.

Such medications include:


One word of warning when using OTC hemorrhoid medication is to be wary of any that contain anesthetics such as Benzocaine as these can have allergic side effects even though they may relieve the pain for a while. 

Any OTC hemorrhoid creams or suppositories should only be used for a limited period and be careful to follow all directions and instuctions.  Start your treatment of hemorrhoids in the early stages and you will avoid the situation worsening. 

Hemorrhoids can quickly become more painful. What may start as tiny swellings inside the anal-rectal area can soon grow into large, protruding and painful lumps if you delay with commencing treatment.

Along with OTC hemorrhoids medications, there are other products available to treat the symptoms of hemorrhoids including the pain and discomfort. These include:


Most OTC hemorrhoid products contain more than one type of active ingredient. Almost all contain a protectant in addition to another ingredient.