What is Rectogesic?
Rectogesic rectal ointment contains the active ingredient glyceryl trinitrate, which is a type of medicine called a nitrate. It is used to relieve pain associated with anal fissures. Rectogesic ointment works by releasing a chemical that relaxes blood vessels in the anus. This improves the blood supply to the anus, which relieves pain and tightness in the anal area. Rectogesic is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Rectogesic used for?
Rectogesic ointment is used to relieve pain caused by anal fissures. An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the back passage (anus). It is often caused by passing hard stools when you are constipated. The tear is painful and may bleed when you pass a stool. (Bright red blood in the stool is a classic symptom.) Rectogesic ointment improves the blood supply to the anus, which relieves the pain and helps the fissure to heal.
How to use Rectogesic
This medicine is for anal use only. A standard dose is 2.5 cm squeezed out of the tube. A measuring line comes with the product to measure 2.5 of ointment. Squeeze a dose of ointment onto a finger (which you can cover beforehand with a finger cot) and then place the ointment just inside the anus. The ointment is used every 12 hours for up to eight weeks maximum. If your symptoms do not improve, talk to a doctor.
Unless otherwise advised by a doctor, the usual dose in adults is:
- 2.5 cm of ointment inserted into the anus twice a day (every 12 hours).
Rectogesic ointment may cause side effects, including:
- Headache. Stop using the ointment and consult a doctor if you get bad headaches;
- Dizziness, fainting due to low blood pressure;
- Anal itching or burning following application;
- Heart palpitations, chest pain.
When not to use Rectogesic
Rectogesic ointment is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to glyceryl trinitrate or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have low blood pressure;
- You have a heart or vascular disease, closed angle glaucoma or suffer from migraine headaches;
- You have raised pressure inside the skull;
- You have anaemia (iron deficiency).
Rectogesic should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
This medicine may cause dizziness. Stay out of traffic if you experience this side effect.
Limit or stop drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects.