This review will look at Rectal Care Cream by Revivol-XR. We will analyze the ingredient profile of this product, along with its effectiveness, before giving our final verdict.
The main active ingredient in Rectal Care Cream by Revivol-XR is lidocaine at 5% strength. This is their main selling point, after all, because most products for rectal cream feature lidocaine at 4% strength. It is believed that using a more potent version of lidocaine will help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
This is true to a large extent because lidocaine is a wildly popular local anesthetic used to numb pain you may experience elsewhere (not just the anal region). This numbing effect will stop itching, leading to even tears in the skin due to frequent scratching.
Lidocaine works by blocking sodium channels. When administered near the rectal area, it temporarily disables the nerves responsible for sending signals to and from the brain. The best part is that even at 5% strength, this medication does not cause unconsciousness. So you can go about your daily routine as you normally would.
Aloe vera is known to be a powerful astringent that can provide rapid relief to the affected area. It may also be able to shrink minor hemorrhoids, as long as the condition hasn’t progressed to an advanced stage. Although there isn’t much research available for using aloe vera for hemorrhoids, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence available for hemorrhoid relief.
Vitamin E has been known to soothe hemorrhoids by increasing the rate of recovery. Another benefit of using vitamin E is protecting the cells from damage around the anal region.
What we Didn’t Like: Not Containing a Vasoconstrictor and Protectant
Lidocaine is great at numbing the pain, but it doesn’t do much about shrinking the blood vessels that have been inflamed due to hemorrhoids. This means that you may have to supplement your treatment with other off-the-counter (OTC) ointments, and that may expose you to higher doses of certain ingredients than is desirable.
For example, if you supplement Rectal Care Cream with something like Preparation H, you may be exposed to higher doses of lidocaine that could put you at a risk of side effects. This is why we recommend consulting with your doctor if you plan on using multiple creams from different providers.
If you want a product that contains more than just an anesthetic, then we recommend using something like HemRid.
We would have given this product a glowing review if the ingredient profile included at least one vasoconstrictor, such as Phenylephrine HCL to help shrink the blood vessels in the anal region.
Report to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve in two to three weeks, or your symptoms seem to get worse with time. Your doctor will rule out any serious medical conditions that may be confused with hemorrhoids.
There are no major side effects of using Rectal Relief Cream - as long as you follow your doctor’s advice. Most people well tolerate minor side effects.
Common side effects of the cream include:
- Feeling cold
- Feeling faint
These side effects are temporary and should stop after you discontinue using the product.
How Easy is this Product to Use?
Rectal Care Cream is relatively straightforward to use. Gently squeeze the tube to force the cream out to your finger, and apply the ointment to your hemorrhoid. Make sure to rub the area gently.
This ointment can be used up to four or five times per day, especially after passing bowel movements when the skin is irritated the most. You can also apply the ointment before going to bed after waking up for round-the-clock relief from pain.
Pro tip: If the product doesn’t seem to work at first, try using a cotton swab or a cotton ball to make it easier to apply the cream on the anus.
Alternatively, your doctor may have provided you with further instructions on how to apply the ointment, how much of it to apply to the affected area, and when you should apply it. Make sure to note the time of application because the effect will last for a few hours. Finally, you should wash your hands before and after using the cream with water and soap.
Note: This product is meant for external use only. It is not designed for internal use. Get immediate medical attention if you or someone you know has accidentally ingested the product.
Whether or not you agree with their use of ingredients, Rectal Care Cream is designed by experts with extremely high-quality standards. This isn’t ReVIVOL-XR’s first rodeo as the company is known for producing reliable OTC products for treating piles. Most online reviews for their products are mostly positive, with a few negative reviews (which is to be expected).
Wrapping Up - Our Verdict
If you are looking for a hemorrhoid solution that only numbs the pain, then Rectal Relief Pain is the ideal product for you. It is recommended for individuals who do not want to expose their body to more than one chemical to manage side effects or minimize interactions with other medications they may be taking.
However, this product is not for you if you are looking for a one-in-all solution to treat hemorrhoids. Instead, we recommend using something like Preparation H or HemRid which combines various active and inactive ingredients for a holistic solution to hemorrhoids.
Please note that there is a large inter-individual variability in a person’s response to any medication for hemorrhoids. Your body's response to the product depends on various factors, such as the severity of the hemorrhoids and other medical conditions.