Mesacol Suppository 500 mg
Mesacol Suppository is an aminosalicylate used for the treatment of mild to moderately active ulcerative proctitis. Safety and effectiveness of Mesacol Suppository for a duration of more than 6 weeks have not been proved. The active ingredient present in Mesacol Suppository is Mesalamine.
Mesacol Suppository is used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis. It affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea. It is also used to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from recurring.
The dosage of Mesacol Suppository is one rectal suppository once daily at bedtime. The suppository should remain inserted for one to three hours or longer, if possible. The normal course of therapy is from three to six weeks depending on symptoms and sigmoidoscopic findings. If a patient misses a dose of Mesacol Suppository, it should be administered as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for next dose. Patients should not administer two Mesacol Suppository at the same time to make up for a missed dose. Use Mesacol Suppository as directed by your doctor.
Wash your hands before and after using the suppositories. If the suppository is too soft to use, put it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. You may also run cold water over it. Remove the wrapper. Moisten the suppository with cold water. Lie down on your side. Insert the pointed end of the suppository into the rectum. Use your finger to push it in completely. Do not handle the suppository too much. This will cause the suppository to melt before it can be inserted. For best results, keep the suppository inserted for at least 1 to 3 hours.
Use Mesacol Suppository for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days. Take a missed dosage as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dosage, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Mesacol Suppository.
Mesacol Suppository is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to Mesalamine (5-aminosalicylic acid) or to the inactive ingredients present in the suppository vehicle (saturated vegetable fatty acid esters), or to salicylates (including aspirin).
The most common Mesacol Suppository side effects occurring in more than 1% of treated patients are: dizziness, rectal pain, fever, rash, acne and colitis.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Mesacol Suppository: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking Mesacol Suppository and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea.
Less serious side effects of Mesacol Suppository may include: mild nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, fever, sore throat, or other flu symptoms, constipation, headache or dizziness, tired feeling, skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. Overdose symptoms may include ringing in your ears, dizziness, headache, confusion, drowsiness, sweating, shortness of breath, vomiting, and diarrhea.
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