How to use Pentasa suppositories
Pentasa suppositories are normally used at bedtime. Prior to administering the suppository visit the toilet to empty the bowels. The suppository will work better if the bowel is emptied. Administer the suppository as follows:
- Open the foil pack.
- Put one of the finger protectors provided on the finger with which you will insert the suppository.
- To aid insertion the suppository can be moistened with water prior to use. The suppository must not be lubricated with petroleum jelly, glycerol or oil based lubricants such as baby oil, creams and liquid paraffin.
- Insert the suppository gently and fully into the rectum. It may help to do this by lying down on one side and raising the other knee as shown in the diagram
- Remain still for a few minutes after insertion to help retain the suppository. If the suppository comes out within 10 minutes, a new one should be inserted.
- Dispose of the used finger protector safely and wash your hands.
Always use your medicines as prescribed and seek advice from your doctor, IBD nurse or pharmacist if you need it so you can feel comfortable and confident using Pentasa suppositories.
FAQ About Pentasa Suppositories
I have not heard of administering medicine rectally before. Is this common?
Administering medicine into the rectum is common. Examples of other medicines that can be adminsitered as suppositories and/or enemas into the rectum are pain relief, other anti-inflammatory (steroid), and antibiotic medicines.