|Treating anal fissures
Rectogesic Ointment (Glyceryl Trinitrate) is used to treat a fissure (tear) that occurs in the anus. Fissures are sometimes caused by constipation or increased muscular tension in the anal sphincter. Spasms of the anal sphincter can also inhibit the healing of the fissure. When applied directly to the inside of the anus, this ointment help to cause the release of nitric oxide, which in turn leads to a relaxing of the blood vessels and the sphincter, thereby contributing to a reduction in pain while also helping the fissure to heal.
Dosage and Administration
Your doctor will instruct you on how to properly apply Rectogesic Ointment (Glyceryl Trinitrate) to the inside of the anus. Patients may be told to wear gloves when applying the ointment, or to wash the hands after application so as to lessen the chances of the active ingredient being absorbed through the skin (which could lead to side effects). Doctors generally instruct patients to continue treatment until the pain has subsided, however, the maximum period of time for which this ointment is used is usually 8 weeks.
Treating anal fissures with Rectogesic Ointment (Glyceryl Trinitrate) may sometimes cause side effects, such as:
- Dizzy sensation
- Bleeding from the rectum
- A burning or itching sensation affecting the anus
You should tell your doctor about any side effects that occur. Other side effects include fatigue, blurring of vision and vomiting. This list of possible reactions is not complete, and other side effects which have not been listed here may also be noticed during treatment. You must seek medical care immediately if any serious side effects occur.
This medicine should never be administered orally.
Dizziness can occur after application of this medicine, due to the possibility of it being absorbed into the bloodstream. Patients may be instructed not to consume any drinks containing alcohol, due to the fact that alcohol can increase dizziness.
Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Always use Rectogesic Ointment (Glyceryl Trinitrate) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor. The correct dosage can vary depending on your health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.
This medication may not be safe for all patients. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to your doctor:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you suffer from any allergies.
- If you suffer from any other health conditions or illnesses.
- If you are using any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
- If you are using any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.