Why is this medication prescribed?
Rectal aspirin is used to treat mild to moderate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, arthritis, toothaches, and muscle pains as well as to lower fever. Aspirin belongs to a class of drugs known as salicylates. It functions by preventing the synthesis of a few natural chemicals that result in fever, discomfort, edoema, and blood clots.
How should this medicine be used?
A suppository for rectal usage of aspirin is available. Rectal aspirin is available over-the-counter, but your doctor may prescribe it to treat a particular problem. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on the packaging or prescription label that you do not understand, and carefully follow them.
Before giving aspirin to your child or teenager, see a doctor. Reye’s syndrome, a dangerous disorder in which fat accumulates on the brain, liver, and other body organs, may be brought on by aspirin in kids and teenagers, particularly if they have a virus like chicken pox or the flu.
Numerous aspirin formulations are also paired with additional drugs, like those for treating cold and cough symptoms. Before using two or more products simultaneously, carefully read the labels on each one. You could experience an overdose by ingesting or using these products together if they share the same active ingredient(s). If you’re going to give a youngster cough and cold medicine, this is very crucial.
If your fever persists for more than three days, your pain persists for more than ten days, or if the uncomfortable area of your body turns red or swollen, stop using aspirin rectal and notify your doctor. A doctor may need to treat a condition that you have.
To insert an aspirin suppository into the rectum, follow these steps:
- 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 aspirin rectal,
- If you have an allergy to aspirin, any other drugs, or any of the product’s ingredients, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. 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 that you are now taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors include acetazolamide (Diamox), benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and trandolapril (Mavik); drugs for diabetes or arthritis; anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) and heparin; beta blockers like atenolol (Tenormin), labetalol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), and propranolol (Inderal); diuretics (‘water pills’); methotrexate (Trexall), various nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), such as naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), phenytoin (Dilantin), and valproic acid are gout therapies. Probenecid and sulfinpyrazone (Anturane) are another example (Depakene, Depakote). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a closer eye on you for adverse effects.
- Inform your doctor if you experience regular stuffy or runny nose, nasal polyps, or asthma (growths on the linings of the nose). There is a chance that aspirin will cause an allergic reaction if you have certain diseases. Your physician might advise against taking aspirin.
- If you have kidney or liver problems now or in the past, let your doctor know. Also let your doctor know if you consume three or more alcoholic beverages daily.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Except as directed by your doctor, avoid taking aspirin doses larger than 81 mg (e.g., 325 mg) during or after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking aspirin rectal.
- Tell your doctor or dentist if you plan to have surgery, including dental surgery, and that you are taking aspirin.
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 taken as needed. If you frequently use aspirin rectal as prescribed by your doctor, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. 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 aspirin may have negative side effects.
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Stop using aspirin rectal and call your doctor right away if you suffer any of the following symptoms, or seek emergency medical help:
- Vomiting blood
- Poop that resembles coffee grounds
- Reddish blood in the stools
- Tarry or black stools
- Eye, face, lip, tongue, or throat swelling
- Wheezing or breathing issues
- Hearing ringing
- Hearing loss
Other negative effects of aspirin 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. Aspirin suppositories should be kept chilled or in a refrigerator.
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.
Overdose symptoms could include:
- Hearing ringing
- Loss of hearing
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
If you have any inquiries regarding aspirin 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.