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27 September 2013


Cinchocaine is not available as a product on its own.


Cinchocaine is not available as a product on its own.

It is one of the active ingredients found in Scheriproct ointment (Nappi code: 762660-007, 015), Scheriproct suppositories (Nappi code: 875384-005), Proctosedyl suppositories (Nappi code: 757195-008) & Proctosedyl ointment (Nappi code: 757187-005).

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

In South Africa cinchocaine is included in ointments and suppositories for the relief of haemorrhoids and other painful or itching conditions of the anal or rectal area.

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

How does cinchocaine work?
Cinchocaine works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along nerves.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: only found in schedule 4 products, but if scheduled individually it would probably be a schedule-1 drug.

What does it do? Cinchocaine is used for the numbing of a localised area of the skin, in other words to relieve the symptoms associated with haemorrhoids, and related skin conditions in the anal and rectal region.

Overdose risk: low

Dependence risk: low

Is cinchocaine available as a generic? no

Is cinchocaine available on prescription only? no

User information

Onset of effect: within 10 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 applying this drug to broken or inflamed skin

Pregnancy: avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported. Consult your doctor before use, 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: it is unknown how this medication may affect your condition.

Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in children.

Elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect


Consult your doctor



Only if severe

In all cases







skin rash




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.

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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