The CVS Hemorrhoidal Cream with Aloe contains these active ingredients:
- Glycerin – Notably, one reliable source, WebMD does not identify Glycerin as effective or ineffective for hemorrhoid treatment. Glycerin is most commonly used for constipation, as a laxative. An ingredient like this could possibly cause increased irritation and discomfort for those seeking hemorrhoid relief. That’s a concerning point to one already suffering. We want to know we can use a product and get results without any complications, don’t you?
- Phenylephrine – Commonly applied for relief of stuffy noses, sinus and ear symptoms. Again, no supporting documentation demonstrates that Phenylephrine is useful to hemorrhoidal symptoms. Not reassuring.
- Pramoxine – This ingredient will provide temporary relief from the itching associated with hemorrhoids. Ok, that’s good.
- White Petrolatum – Mothers swear by while petrolatum for diaper rash and it seems reasonable that that this ingredient will provide temporary relief from the itching and irritation caused by hemorrhoids. But those of us suffering want more, quickly and safely.
After cleaning the affected area with a cleansing wipe and drying carefully, the directions form the CVS Hemorrhoidal Cream require you to puncture the seal (safety protected, yes, that’s good) and apply with the point built into the cap attachment. The cream should only be applied externally or at the anal entrance, not deeply internally. Usage is permitted up to 4 times daily, especially for overnight use and after bowel movements. Children under the age of 12 are advised to consult a medical professional before trying this product.
The CVS Hemorrhoidal Cream with Aloe is for external use only. Anyone with a history of heart or thyroid disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or enlarged prostate should seek medical attention before using this product. Additionally, anyone using prescription medications for depression or high blood pressure should seek professional medical advice as well before applying this product for hemorrhoid relief.
The CVS Hemorrhoidal Cream with Aloe provides temporary relief of hemorrhoid symptoms but does not promise long term treatment of hemorrhoids.
A 1.8 ounce tube of the CVS Hemorrhoidal Cream with Aloe costs $10.99.
All CVS pharmacy and beauty products are backed by a 100% money back guarantee.
The CVS Hemorrhoidal Cream with Aloe is a good product, despite the fact that only one of its ingredients Glycerin, is clinically proven as beneficial for hemorrhoid sufferers. As Glycerin is typically used for the treatment of constipation, the possibility of increased bowel movements with application exists and that could exacerbate existing issues. Compared to other leading over the counter hemorrhoid solutions, the CVS Hemorrhoidal Cream with Aloe falls short.