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Rectiv Ointment (Glyceryl Trinitrate)


Rectiv Ointment (Glyceryl Trinitrate)

Prescription Required

0.4% 30 grams

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  • Product Details


    Rectiv ointment is a prescription medication used to treat anal fissures. It contains the active ingredient glyceryl trinitrate, which belongs to a class of drugs called nitrates.

    Nitrates work by relaxing the smooth muscles in the anal area and increasing blood flow, which can help reduce pain and promote healing.

    Fact Table




    US FDA


    Less than 1%

    Legal status


    Chemical Name

    Glyceryl trinitrate

    Elimination half-life

    3 minutes

    Dosage (Strength)

    0.4% 30 grams


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    Routes of administration



    Before using Rectiv ointment, wash the affected area with mild soap and warm water. Dry the area before applying the medicated ointment.

    Apply a small amount of the medication to the affected area twice daily, in the morning and evening.

    Do not use Rectiv ointment for more than 3 weeks without consulting your doctor.


    The active ingredient in Rectiv ointment is glyceryl trinitrate. Inactive ingredients include white petrolatum and anhydrous lanolin.


    Drug interactions with Rectiv may include:

    • Alcohol
    • Alfuzosin
    • Alteplase
    • Amifostine
    • Amisulpride
    • Anticholinergic Agents
    • Antipsychotic Agents
    • Apomorphine
    • Barbiturates
    • Benperidol
    • Blood Pressure Lowering Agents
    • Brimonidine
    • Bromperidol
    • Dapoxetine
    • Dapsone
    • Diazoxide
    • DULoxetine
    • Ergot Derivatives
    • Heparin
    • Herbal Products with Blood Pressure Lowering Effects
    • Hypotension-Associated Agents
    • Levodopa-Containing Products
    • Local Anesthetics
    • Lormetazepam
    • Molsidomine
    • Naftopidil
    • Nicergoline
    • Nicorandil
    • Nitric Oxide
    • Nitroprusside
    • Obinutuzumab
    • Pentoxifylline
    • Pholcodine
    • Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors
    • Prilocaine
    • Prostacyclin Analogues
    • Quinagolide
    • Rilmenidine
    • Riociguat
    • Rosiglitazone
    • Sodium Nitrite


    Do not apply Rectiv ointment to broken, infected, or irritated skin. Rectiv ointment is not recommended for use in children.

    Do not use Rectiv if you are allergic to glyceryl trinitrate or any other ingredient in the medication.

    Side Effects

    Potential adverse reactions may include:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Application site irritation
    • Asthenia
    • Contact dermatitis
    • Diaphoresis
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Dyspnea
    • Exfoliative dermatitis
    • Fixed drug eruption
    • Flushing
    • Headache
    • Hypersensitivity reaction
    • Hypotension
    • Hypoxemia
    • Lactic acidosis
    • Methemoglobinemia
    • Nausea
    • Nonimmune anaphylaxis
    • Orthostatic hypotension
    • Pallor
    • Palpitation
    • Paresthesia
    • Peripheral edema
    • Pharyngitis
    • Rebound hypertension
    • Restlessness
    • Rhinitis
    • Shock
    • Skin rash
    • Syncope
    • Tachycardia
    • Vertigo
    • Vomiting


    Rectiv Ointment [package insert]. Bedminster, NJ: ProStrakan, Inc; 2011.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13823

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