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  • Generic Name: (mesalamine)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      SF Rowasa suspension enema is a medicine used rectally to treat ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), as well as inflammation of the lower colon and rectum.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      SF Rowasa is thought to work by blocking a substance in your body that is involved in causing inflammation and pain in the colon.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Studies have shown that people using SF Rowasa had a significantly lower rate of symptoms than in people who did not use it.

      When: You may begin to see effects of SF Rowasa within 3 to 21 days of starting treatment. It is important that you use SF Rowasa exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in your symptoms, such as less frequent bowel movements and rectal bleeding.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: stomach pain, cramps, or discomfort; headache; gas; nausea; tiredness or weakness; flu-like symptoms; fever.

      Less common side effects may include:

      The medicine in SF Rowasa has been associated with a condition that may be hard to tell apart for an ulcerative colitis flare-up, with symptoms including cramping, stomach ache, bloody diarrhea, fever, or rash.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use SF Rowasa if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with SF Rowasa. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney, liver, or heart problems; if you are allergic to sulfasalazine; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: The usual dose is the contents of one bottle, inserted into the rectum, once a day, preferably at bedtime. Your healthcare provider will tell you the duration of treatment.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use SF Rowasa exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using SF Rowasa without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Shake the bottle well before using SF Rowasa.

      After inserting SF Rowasa in your rectum, keep the medicine in your rectum for about 8 hours.

      Once the foil-wrapped package is opened, throw away any unused bottles after 14 days.

      Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use SF Rowasa.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not expose SF Rowasa to clothing, fabrics, flooring, painted surfaces, marble, granite, vinyl, or enamel. SF Rowasa can cause staining of these surfaces.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with SF Rowasa at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of SF Rowasa during pregnancy are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using SF Rowasa. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of SF Rowasa, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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