What Is a Hemorrhoid Suppository?

What Is a Hemorrhoid Suppository?

Hemorrhoid suppositories are rectal medications used to temporarily relieve the itching, burning and pain associated with hemorrhoids, according to WebMD. Although formulations can vary by product, hemorrhoid suppositories can contain ingredients like cocoa butter and zinc oxide that prevent or reduce irritation and pain when passing stool.

Suppositories are inserted into the anus following package directions. Most suppositories can be used up to six times per day or as directed by the prescribing physician, and dosage is based on the patient's response to treatment and his medical condition. According to WebMD, users should not use hemorrhoid suppositories for longer than seven days and should discontinue use if bleeding or worsening pain occurs.