Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate)
What is Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate) used for?
Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate) is a topical ointment used to treat pain caused by an anal fissure. The medication operates by relaxing the muscles and blood vessels at the application site to relieve pain and speed up the healing process. This action may also make it useful for treating pain following hemorrhoid surgery. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate)?
Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate) is normally applied to the affected area once or twice daily, but your particular instructions may differ based on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Wash your hands before each use to remove any contaminants or dirt. Put a thin layer of ointment onto your finger and gently massage it onto the area being treated. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after each application to prevent the ointment from contacting areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Always ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate)?
Side effects that may occur while using Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate) include:
Serious side effects that may occur during use are vomiting, severe pain of the anus, allergic skin reactions, severe hypotension, or angina. Inform your physician about any unusual symptoms you encounter to make sure the correct changes are made to your treatment to prevent more problems. These may include reduced dosages, application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases.
Do not use Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate) if you are allergic to nitrates, if the patient being treated is under the age of eighteen, or if you have migraines, a head injury, low blood circulation volume, narrowing of the heart valves, severe anemia, closed angle glaucoma, cerebral hemorrhage, low blood pressure, constrictive pericarditis, or hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Also inform your physician if you have had a recent heart attack, if you have angina, heart failure, severe kidney disease, or severe liver disease as these conditions may cause complications during treatment requiring adjustments to your dosage or frequency of administration.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Rectogesic (Glyceryl Trinitrate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.