Before using Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other medications that are broken down into Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg (such as sulfasalazine, olsalazine); or to other salicylates (such as aspirin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, pancreas problems (pancreatitis), inflammation of the sac around the heart (pericarditis).
Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg, especially the effects on the kidneys and decreased blood cell counts.
Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg is similar to aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications (such as salicylates) if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness, or if they have just been given a live virus vaccine (such as varicella vaccine), without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
During pregnancy, Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before breast-feeding.
Store refrigerated or at room temperature between 36-77 degrees F (2-25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep away from light, heat, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg (also known as 5-aminosalicylic acid) is used to treat ulcerative proctitis, a type of bowel disease. It does not cure ulcerative proctitis, but it may decrease the number of stools, the amount of mucus/blood in the stools, and the rectal bleeding caused by irritation/swelling of the colon/rectum. Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg is an aminosalicylate anti-inflammatory drug. It is believed to work by blocking the production of certain natural chemicals that may cause pain and swelling.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Use Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg rectally. If you are using the 1000-milligram strength, insert rectally, usually once daily at bedtime. If you are using a lower strength, then your doctor may direct you to use Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg 1 to 3 times daily. Follow your doctor's directions carefully. Dosage of Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg is based on your medical condition, response to therapy, and the strength of your prescription.
Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg works best if you have a bowel movement before using it. Wash your hands before and after using the medication. Unwrap the suppository right before using. Try to handle it as little as possible because heat from your fingers may cause it to melt. Lie down on your left side with right knee bent. Gently insert the suppository, pointed end first, into the rectum with your finger. Use a small amount of lubricating gel on the tip of the suppository if desired. Remain lying down for a few minutes. Try to avoid having a bowel movement for 1 to 3 hours, keeping the suppository in place so the medicine can work.
Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg may stain surfaces that it touches (such as clothing, floor, and counter surfaces).
Use Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Rectal pain, pain when inserting the suppository, headache, gas, stomach pain, and diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg do not have serious side effects.
Infrequently, Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg may make symptoms of your condition worse rather than better (acute intolerance syndrome or sensitivity reaction). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these unlikely but serious side effects: worsening stomach pain/cramping, worsening bloody diarrhea, fever, severe/prolonged headache.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, trouble breathing, severe stomach/abdominal pain (especially if spreading to the back), change in the amount of urine, easy bruising/bleeding, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat).
A very serious allergic reaction to Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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If you miss a dose of Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use your medications or by close monitoring.
To help your doctor or pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without your doctor's approval.
Some of the products that may interact with Salofalk Suppository (mesalamine) 1000mg include: acetazolamide, "blood thinners" (such as heparin, warfarin), certain diabetes medications (sulfonylureas such as glipizide, tolbutamide; meglitinides such as nateglinide), methotrexate, probenecid.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use. Share this list with your doctor and pharmacist to lessen your risk for serious medication problems.