If you are suffering from hemorrhoids, chances are you are also probably looking for a safe and effective way to treat them. Hemorrhoid medication is one solution you may want to consider. By being knowledgable about what is one the market, you will be best able to choose the best method to help relieve the symptoms. This will stop the blood vessels from bleeding, swelling and causing irritation.

Internal hemorrhoids are blood vessels that form in the rectum and anal area. Bleeding will be the first sign of internal hemorrhoids. If more severe, the bleeding will be accompanied by tissue that moves outside of the anus area. There are several treatment options available for internal hemorrhoids. If uncomfortable using home remedies for your internal hemorrhoids, there are certain medications that will help.

Astringents are one type of medication commonly used for internal Hemorrhoids. Zinc, Oxide, Calamine, and Hamamelis water belong to the astringent category. Purchased over the counter, they are known to decrease the irritation and swelling in the area. The astringent causes clumping of the protein under the cell surface where the hemorrhoids are. A thin layer then forms over the anal tissue that protects the area from becoming reinfected or reirritated. This can help alleviate the burning and itching sensations associated with hemorrhoids.

Another of the medications approved for treating internal Hemorrhoids is called protectants. Medications in this category include mineral oil, cocoa butter, hard fat, aluminum hydroxide gel, glycerin, kaolin, lanolin, white petrolatum, and topical starch. Protectants also move into the irritated area and creating a protective layer over the skin. As a result, hemorrhoid inflammation will decrease.

The third type of available medication are the vasoconstrictors. The two major medications in the vasoconstrictor category are phenylephrine hydrochloride and ephedrine sulfate. These work by constricting the blood vessels, eventually causing dilated veins to be return to normal size. With these medications, you will notice quick relief of irritation and itching. Prior to taking this particular type of medication, you will want to ensure that you do not have any conditions that have been known to cause a negative reaction in the body.

The FDA has approved all of the above medications for treatment of internal hemorrhoids. If you are having problems with hemorrhoid-related bleeding, irritation or discomfort, these medications may offer relief. As with all medicines, before taking any of these, you should read the accompanying inserts to consider your history and avoid having side effects from the medication.

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