Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are part of the normal anatomy of the anus and lower rectum. They act as cushions to protect the anal skin from the passage of stool. Hemorrhoids usually are not a problem, but they can become a problem if they swell, bleed or protrude – come out of the rectum to the outside of the anus.

When hemorrhoids become a problem, our pharmacists are here to give you advice and tips on how to manage the symptoms, prescribe medication under certain conditions and recommend over-the-counter medication.

 

Eligibility criteria and details

The pharmacist CAN prescribe a medication if:

  • The patient has already been diagnosed by a healthcare professional qualified to prescribe.
  • A prescription for the condition has already been written.

The pharmacist CANNOT prescribe a medication if:

  • More than 2 years have passed since the last prescribed treatment.

Unless there is clinical justification or a supply shortage, the pharmacist should normally re-prescribe the drug listed on the reference prescription. When prescribing a different drug, the pharmacist should ensure that the drug prescribed is in a class of drugs of equal or lesser potency than the one originally prescribed.

If more than 5 years have passed since the last prescribed treatment or if this condition has never been diagnosed, the pharmacist may still prescribe or recommend an over-the-counter medication if the patient's clinical situation or any other circumstance justifies it.

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