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Known as Salofalk Enema in the UK
Rowasa (mesalamine) is a rectal suspension enema used to treat adults who have mild to moderate distal ulcerative colitis, proctosigmoiditis, or proctitis.
Follow the instructions on the label of your prescription. Read the package insert that comes with your prescription. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any questions or concerns you may have.
Rowasa Rectal Suspension Enema is available in disposable bottles that are wrapped in foil trays.
Insert one Rowasa enema rectally one time a day at bedtime.
Shake the bottle to ensure that the suspension is mixed thoroughly. Holding the neck of the bottle, take off the applicator tip's protective cover. It is recommended to lie on the left side with the left leg stretched out and the upper right leg flexed forward as this helps with balance. You may use the knee-chest position instead.
Gently insert the applicator tip into the rectum. The applicator tip should be pointed toward the navel. Squeeze the bottle steadily to ensure that most of the medication is delivered. Throw away the used bottle.
Stay in the same position for 30 minutes or longer. If possible, retain the enema all night.
Be sure to drink plenty of liquids during treatment.
Each Rowasa Rectal Suspension Enema contains 4 grams of mesalamine in 60 mL aqueous suspension.
The inactive ingredients include carbomer 934P, edetate disodium, potassium acetate, potassium metabisulfite, purified water, and xanthan gum. Sodium benzoate is used as a preservative. The applicator tip is protected by a cover that contains polyethylene and USP white petrolatum for lubrication.
Do not use Rowasa if you are allergic to salicylates, aminosalicylates, sulfites, or any other ingredient in Rowasa.
Call your doctor right away if you have side effects that bother you or won't go away. Rowasa can cause side effects such as stomach pain, cramps, headache, gas, nausea, flu, tiredness, fever, rash, cold, sore throat, diarrhea, leg pain, joint pain, dizziness, bloating, back pain, pain upon enema insertion, hemorrhoids, itching, rectal pain, constipation, hair loss, peripheral swelling, urinary tract infection, burning upon urination, lack of energy, and trouble sleeping.
With a valid prescription, you can buy Rowasa enema online and at a competitive cost at Canada Pharmacy.