What is Mucopolysaccharide Polysulphate 40,000 U Hirudoid Forte® Cream
Hirudoid Forte® Cream provides effective, targeted and clinically proven relief from local pain and inflammation caused by rheumatic and muscular pain, stiffness, sprains, strains and mild arthritic conditions. Unlike other topical pain relief treatments, Hirudoid Forte® can be used alone or in conjunction with oral NSAIDs. Hirudoid Forte® can keep you moving, helping ensure that aches, pains, and non-serious arthritic conditions don’t hold you back from enjoying everyday life. Unlike cooling gels and heat patches that work by cooling or heating the skin, Hirudoid Forte® delivers a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) straight to the site of pain.
Hirudoid Forte cream contains the active substance heparinoid. Hirudoid Forte cream is a local anti-coagulant preparation which, when applied to the skin, relieves pain and inflammation in addition to promoting healing in superficial thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the
veins) and bruising (including hematoma). Hirudoid Forte soothing and relieving bruising (including hematoma). Relieving inflammation and swelling of the veins near the skin surface caused by small blood clots (superficial thrombophlebitis).
Hirudoid Forte cream contains the active ingredient heparinoid. Heparinoid is absorbed into the skin, where it works by dissolving small blood clots and reducing inflammation and related pain or discomfort. It improves the circulation of blood through the superficial veins under the skin and promotes healing in the local area.
Heparinoids are glycosaminoglycans which are derivatives of heparin. They include oligosaccharides and sulfated polysaccharides of plant, animal, or synthetic origin. Heparinoids, like heparin, act by interacting with heparin-binding proteins, generally through ionic interactions or hydrogen bonding. Some examples of heparin-binding proteins include antithrombin III. It is thought that much protein interaction with heparin is not direct, and instead, heparin-binding protein actually interact with glycosaminoglycan (GAG) side chains or mucins bound to the heparin polymer, so it is possible that heparinoids interact with these proteins in a similar way, acquiring GAG side chains in vivo. One counter-example is the protein chymase, which directly binds to heparin.
Functions of the skin
To understand the process of healing, we need to have a basic understanding of the way skin functions. The skin has three major layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutis. The top layer of the epidermis is actually dead skin. Every few days this layer is shed off and replaced by new cells. The dermis is a supple layer of connective tissue matrix, which makes up 90% of the skin’s thickness. This matrix consists of a ground substance composed of mucopolysaccharides (MPS) and other proteins. The MPS plays an important role in tissue regeneration of the skin as they have a stimulating effect on the connective tissue cells. The subcutis is made up of mainly fat and is responsible for insulating the body, but has no role in the repair of tissue.
A bruise is caused by blood trapped under the surface of the skin. It is caused by an injury that crushes small blood vessels but does not break the skin. Blood seeps out from these blood vessels into the surrounding tissues. Bruises cause skin discoloration and are often painful and swollen. Bruises will heal in time as the body reabsorbs the blood. Initially, the bruise is a pinkish-red color that can be tender to touch. Within hours it will turn a dark blue or purple color due to the breakdown of hemoglobin that is found in the blood. Finally, as the healing process continues it changes to a yellow color and fades until it completely disappears. Depending on the severity of the bruise it can take anywhere from a few days to a few months for a bruise to completely fade.
Some people have more delicate blood vessels meaning it may only take a minor bump to cause a bruise. Additionally, blood vessels become more fragile as we age and our skin becomes thinner. When an injury occurs the skin has less cushioning to protect the more fragile blood vessels. Medications that are designed to thin out the blood and those that cause the skin to thin can also exacerbate bruising. It is a fact that women bruise more easily than men. Some vitamin deficiencies are associated with an increased tendency to bleed such as iron, vitamin C and zinc deficiencies.
The healing properties of Hirudoid Forte Cream
Hirudoid Forte is the health and beauty product that goes beyond the cosmetic and brings real science to healing. Hirudoid Forte contains MPS (mucopolysaccharides) which is similar to the body’s naturally occurring MPS found in the dermis layer of skin. The skin’s healing capability relies on the presence of MPS in the tissue. MPS has many properties including the promotion of tissue regeneration and reduction of swelling and inflammation. It is in these ways that Hirudoid Forte accelerates the healing time of bruises. Each gram of Hirudoid contains mucopolysaccharide polysulfuric acid ester 4mg.
Hirudoid contains MPS (mucopolysaccharides) which is similar to the body’s naturally occurring MPS found in the dermis layer of skin. MPS accelerates healing in the following ways:
- Improves blood flow to the area
- Promotes tissue regeneration by increasing collagen and elastin fibers in the connective tissue matrix
- Improves the moisturising capacity of the skin by increasing the hyaluronic acid content
- Accelerates the absorption of bruises
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
This results in healing benefits for not only bruises but scars, sprains and various inflammatory conditions of the veins.
Treatment of scars with Hirudoid Forte Cream
The MPS in Hirudoid Forte is able to attract water and therefore loosen the connective tissue, preventing a dense accumulation of the fibers, which creates a thick scar. Hirudoid softens scars, increases the flexibility of the scar tissue, reduces redness and results in a better cosmetic appearance.
Reduces the healing time of sprains. The pain of sprains and other minor injuries is a common problem and frequently causes absence from work. Hirudoid Forte increases the blood flow by dilating the peripheral blood vessels. This promotes the speedier absorption of fluid from the tissues. In one study, 83% of patients who used Hirudoid Forte were fully mobile within one week.
Anti-inflammatory effect on veins
Hirudoid Forte can be used for various inflammatory conditions of the veins under medical supervision.
How to use Hirudoid Forte Cream?
Hirudoid Forte can be used on adults and children over five years of age. Depending on how large the affected area is, gently apply 5 to 15cm of cream or gel onto the painful area. If the area is too tender to touch, you can apply Hirudoid around the area, rather than directly onto it. You can apply the cream up to four times a day. Wash your hands after application. Do not exceed the recommended dose. Get medical advice if your symptoms persist.
When should Hirudoid not be used?
Don’t use Hirudoid on:
- Children under five years old.
- Broken skin or open wounds.
- Large areas of skin.
- Sensitive areas of skin, such as near the eyes, mouth or genital areas.
- Mucous membranes, such as inside the mouth or nose.
- Don’t use Hirudoid if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients. Check the ingredients listed in the packaging if you know you have specific allergies.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using Hirudoid and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Can I use Hirudoid Forte while pregnant or breastfeeding?
This medicine is not known to have any harmful effects when used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. However, as with all medicines it’s best to get medical advice from your doctor first.
What are the possible side effects of Hirudoid Forte?
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. Just because a side effect is stated here doesn’t mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
Allergic rashes. If you think you’ve had an allergic reaction to Hirudoid Forte, stop using it and get advice from your doctor. Read the leaflet that comes with the medicine.