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(Nitroglycerin) Ointment 0.4%
IMPORTANT: For intra-anal use only
Read the Patient Information that comes with RECTIV before you start using the product and each time you get a refill because there may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment. If you have any questions about RECTIV, ask your healthcare provider.
What is RECTIV?
RECTIV is not suitable for children and adolescents under the age of 18 years because it has not been assessed in people in this age group.
Who should not use RECTIV?
Do not use RECTIV if you:
- are taking a medicine for erectile dysfunction (male impotence), for example Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) or Levitra (vardenafil).
- have been told by your doctor that you have severe anemia (low numbers of red blood cells in your blood)
- have increased intracranial pressure or high pressure within your skull e.g. following head trauma or bleeding in your brain
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in RECTIV or if you have had allergic reactions to similar medicines in the past. See the end of this leaflet for a list of ingredients in RECTIV.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using RECTIV?
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have low blood pressure
- have recently had a heart attack
- have heart or blood vessel disorders
- suffer from migraine or recurrent headaches
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if RECTIV will harm your unborn baby.
- are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known if the components of RECTIV will harm your child if you breast-feed.
RECTIV may lower your blood pressure. When getting up from a lying or sitting position, you should get up slowly, otherwise you might feel faint.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Other medicines may affect how RECTIV works. RECTIV may also affect how other medicines work.
Specifically, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- other nitroglycerin containing products
- a medicine for erectile dysfunction (male impotence), for example sildenafil, tadalafil or vardenafil (see the section above 'Who should not use RECTIV')
- medicines used to treat high blood pressure
- are taking aspirin, ergotamine (used to treat migraine) or are receiving tissue-type plasminogen activator (used to help dissolve blood clots formed in blood vessels in the heart, lungs and brain)
- are to be given heparin. If so, close monitoring of your blood will be required as your dose of heparin may need to be altered. Please discuss with your doctor before stopping RECTIV.
How should RECTIV be used?
Use RECTIV exactly as prescribed. See detailed Patient Instructions for Applying RECTIV at the end of this Patient Information leaflet.
Treatment may be continued for up to 3 weeks. If your anal pain does not get better after using RECTIV you should talk to your doctor.
What should I avoid while using RECTIV?
Do not drive or operate machinery immediately after applying RECTIV. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded after applying the ointment do not drive or operate machinery until the dizziness has stopped.
Avoid consuming alcohol while you are being treated with RECTIV as your blood pressure is more likely to be affected if you consume alcoholic beverages.
What are the possible side effects of RECTIV?
RECTIV can cause serious side-effects: Stop using the ointment and seek medical attention immediately if you have an allergic reaction. You may have swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing.
Common side-effects of RECTIV are:
- Headaches, which can be severe. You could take painkillers for this (such as acetaminophen). If the headaches are unpleasant, you may need to ask your doctor whether you should stop using RECTIV.
- Dizziness, faintness on standing, or light-headedness
These are not all the possible side effects of RECTIV. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store RECTIV?
- Store at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F); excursions permitted between 15°-30°C (59°-86°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].
- Keep the tube tightly closed.
- Use within 8 weeks of first opening.
Keep RECTIV out of the reach of children.
Do not use RECTIV after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton after 'EXP.' The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
General information about RECTIV
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in Patient Information leaflets. Do not use RECTIV for a condition for which it is not prescribed. Do not give RECTIV to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about RECTIV. If you would like more information, talk to your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about RECTIV that is written for health professionals.
For more information call 1-800-6RECTIV or visit www.RECTIV.com.
Patient Instructions for Use
When do I apply the ointment?
Apply the ointment every 12 hours exactly as your doctor has told you to.
How do I apply the ointment?
Cover your finger with plastic-wrap, a disposable surgical glove or a finger cot.
Lay the covered finger alongside the 1 inch dosing line marked on the side of the medicine box (see figure below) so that the tip of your finger is at one end of the dosing line. Starting at the tip of the finger, squeeze the ointment onto your finger for the same length marked on the box.
Refer to carton for accurate dosage guide.
Gently insert the finger with the ointment into the anal canal, up to the first finger joint. Carefully smear the ointment around the inner sides of the anal canal. If this cannot be achieved due to pain, application of the ointment should be made directly to the outside of the anus.
What do I do after I have applied the ointment?
Throw away the finger covering in the garbage, out of the reach of children and pets. Wash your hands.
What are the ingredients in RECTIV?
Active ingredient: nitroglycerin
Inactive ingredients: propylene glycol, lanolin, sorbitan sesquioleate, paraffin wax and white petrolatum.
Last reviewed on RxList: 8/2/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Rectiv Information
- Rectiv Drug Interactions Center: nitroglycerin rect
- Rectiv Side Effects Center
- Rectiv FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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