No Strain, No Pain

– Getting to the Bottom of Drug Therapy for Hemorrhoids

The mention of hemorrhoids is often followed by humorous quips or agonizing patient embarrassment. As a disorder that is estimated to effect 50% of the population by age 50, the subject of hemorrhoids is no laughing matter.1 For the average American self-care of hemorrhoids likely involves going to a local pharmacy, buying a tube of Preparation HR, and spending time sitting on a foam donut. It is estimated that only one third of patients with hemorrhoids will ever see their physician for treatment, and then usually only after self-treatment has failed.