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Clinical data
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CAS Number 101418-00-2 N
ATC code D08AE02 (WHO) G01AX03 QG51AD02 (WHO)
PubChem CID: 3050404
Chemical data
Formula (C9H8O4S)n
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Policresulen is a topical haemostatic and antiseptic. It is indicated for common anal disorders, such as hemorrhoids, and for gynecological infections. In some countries it is marketed under the trade name Albothyl or Polilen (Taiwan) or Faktu (combination with Cinchocaine).

Medical Uses

Policresulen is often used for gynecological infections. In some countries, it is also used to treat canker sore. Although there is an immense pain followed by the application on canker sore, it is considered as a very effective treatment.

Mechanism of Action

As one can see from the chain of Policresulen, the molecule is negatively charged, making it acidic. In fact, its pKa is less than 0, yet it considered weak acid. The mechanism of action is that normal cells are negatively charged, therefore repelling each other. However, wounded part is positively charged, causing the Policresulen to be attracted. Policresulen basically makes a slight chemical burn on the wounded area, thus killing the bacteria and making it antiseptic.