Basic Information: What is ‘RectiCare’

This is a review of RectiCare which is manufactured by Ferndale Healthcare. RectiCare claims to provide fast acting relief for the painful symptoms of hemorrhoids and other anorectal disorders.


The packaging is child resistant according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. To open, press down on the cap and turn slightly. To close, replace the cap and press down and turn slightly.

There are no other directions provided by RectiCare on their website. Other sources suggest you would apply RectiCare 2 to 3 times daily or as needed.


RectiCare only lists one active ingredient: lidocaine 5%.

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that is usually used as a local anesthetic during minor surgeries.


RectiCare can be purchased over the counter at Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid or your local pharmacy. There is no price provided by RectiCare because it is set by the retailers. However, you can fill out a form online to request a manufacturer’s coupon.

What to Expect

Lidocaine is often used during minor surgeries so you will experience relief from the pain, itchiness or irritation of hemorrhoids when the affected area goes numb.

It is not clear if RectiCare is safe for long term use.

Keep an Eye Out

An overdose on numbing medicine can result in fatal side effects. Always follow the directions provided exactly and do not use large amounts of the cream or cover the area with a bandage.

You should consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also consult your doctor if you have any allergies, are taking any prescription medication or if you have heart, liver or kidney problems. There side effects of lidocaine, especially if you have overdosed on lidocaine. Side effects include: blistering, fast heartbeat, fever, irritation, joint pain, stiffness, or swelling.

If you experience any of these symptoms you must call your doctor immediately.

There are side effects that do not need medical attention however, if they are reoccurring, talk to your doctor:

  • change in taste
  • cold or numbness
  • double vision
  • headache

Manufacturer’s Commitment

Ferndale Healthcare does not provide a guarantee regarding its product RectiCare. Founded as the J.R. Hartz Company, they have been operating in the medical industry since 1897. They provide a form for consumers to place complaints or to report side effects of their products but no side effects are listed on their website. They offer a service for doctors to request samples through their website.

The Bottom Line

RectiCare is a topical cream that uses lidocaine, a local anesthetic to relieve the painful symptoms of hemorrhoids. Used by doctors during minor procedures, this version of 5% lidocaine is available over the counter from pharmacies. It is important that the specific directions of RectiCare are followed because an overdose on the active ingredient lidocaine may lead to severe side effects that lead to death. The very long list of possible side effects, combined with the lack of a product guarantee leaves us feeling negative about this supplement.

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