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30 September 2013

Pramoxine

In South Africa pramoxine is registered for the treatment of anal pain and itching.

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Pramoxine (also known as pramocaine) is the active ingredient of Anugesic ointment (Nappi code: 704083-019).

General information
Pramoxine is a local anaesthetic. Local anaesthetics are drugs that remove feeling and pain, and numb a particular area of the skin.

In South Africa pramoxine is registered for the treatment of anal pain and itching.

This medication does not cure the underlying condition, but simply keeps the symptoms under control. For it to be effective, it has to be taken regularly.

Fast facts
Drug schedule: schedule 1
Available as: pramoxine is available as ointment.
What does it do? Pramoxine relieves the pain and itching associated with haemorrhoids, minor burns and skin irritations.
Overdose risk: low
Dependence risk: low
Is pramoxine available as a generic? no
Is pramoxine available on prescription only? no

User information
Onset of effect: within 5 minutes
Duration of action: several hours
Stopping this medicine: treatment with this medication can be safely stopped when no longer needed.
Prolonged use: treatment should be limited to a few days only.

Special precautions
Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you are experiencing rectal bleeding

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.
Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.
Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.
Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in children.
The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side Effect
Frequency
Consult your doctor

Common
Rare
Only if severe
In all cases
stinging

X
X

burning

X
X

skin rash

X

X
swelling

X

X

Interactions

Drug interactions
No known interactions.

Overdose action
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage
Adults, topical: apply sparingly as needed, usually every 3 - 4 hours to the affected area.

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This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 
 

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