Why is this medication prescribed?
Rectal acetaminophen is used to treat fevers and relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches or muscular aches. Acetaminophen belongs to the group of drugs known as analgesics (painkillers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). It functions by cooling the body and altering how the body perceives pain.
How should this medicine be used?
Rectal acetaminophen is available as a suppository. Although acetaminophen rectal is available over-the-counter, your doctor may prescribe it to treat particular illnesses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on the packaging or prescription label that you do not understand, and carefully follow them.
If you are giving your child acetaminophen rectal, be sure to thoroughly read the package label to ensure that the medication is appropriate for the child’s age. Products containing acetaminophen intended for adults should not be given to children. For a younger child, several items intended for adults and older kids could contain too much acetaminophen.
A lot of acetaminophen medicines also contain additional medications, like those for treating cold and cough symptoms. Before utilising two or more goods at the same time, thoroughly read the labels on each product. You might get an overdose if you use or take these products together since they might both have the same active ingredient(s). This is crucial if you plan to give children cough and cold drugs.
If your child experiences any new symptoms, such as redness or swelling, or if their pain persists for more than five days or their fever persists for more than three days, stop giving them acetaminophen rectal and call their doctor.
Observe these steps to inject an acetaminophen suppository into the rectum:
sanitise your hands.
- Sanitise your hands.
- Take the wrapping off.
- Raise your right knee to your chest while lying on your left side. (If you are left-handed, you should lie on your right side and lift your left leg.)
- With the aid of your finger, place the suppository approximately 1/2 to 1 inch (1.25 to 2.5 centimetres) into the rectum of infants and children, and 1 inch (2.5 centimetres) into the rectum of adults. Hold it there for a short while.
- To stop the suppository from coming out, stay in a laying position for five minutes.
- Continue your regular activities after giving your hands a thorough wash.
For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using acetaminophen rectal,
- If you have an allergy to acetaminophen, any other drugs, or any of the product’s ingredients, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. For a list of ingredients, consult the package label or ask your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are currently taking or intend to use. Mention any anticoagulants (often referred to as “blood thinners”), such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), some seizure medications including carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, and phenytoin (Dilantin), as well as drugs for pain, fever, coughs, and colds. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- If you have experienced a rash or skin blister after taking or using acetaminophen, let your doctor know.
- If you consume three or more alcoholic beverages per day or if you currently have or have ever had liver disease, let your doctor know.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking acetaminophen rectal.
- You should be aware that acetaminophen overuse can harm the liver. If you don’t carefully read the instructions on the prescription or package label, or if you take many acetaminophen-containing products, you can unintentionally consume too much acetaminophen.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Typically, this drug is given as needed. Use the missing dosage as soon as you remember it if your doctor has instructed you to take acetaminophen rectal often. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Rectal acetaminophen side effects are possible.
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Acetaminophen rectal should not be used if you suffer any of the following symptoms; instead, you should call your doctor right away or seek emergency medical help:
- Red, peeling, or blistering skin
Other negative effects of acetaminophen are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
Get medical assistance right away if someone consumes more acetaminophen than is advised, even if they are symptom-free. Overdose signs could include the following:
- Reduced appetite
- Extreme fatigue
- Uncommon bruising or bleeding
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Pain in the upper right portion of the stomach
- Flu-like signs
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Anything you want to know about acetaminophen rectal, ask your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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