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DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
The usual dosage of ROWASA® (mesalamine) Rectal Suspension Enema in 60 ml_ units is one rectal instillation (4 grams) once a day, preferably at bedtime, and retained for approximately eight hours. While the effect of ROWASA® (mesalamine) Rectal Suspension Enema may be seen within 3 to 21 days, the usual course of therapy would be from 3 to 6 weeks depending on symptoms and sigmoidoscopic findings. Studies available to date have not assessed if ROWASA® (mesalamine) Rectal Suspension Enema will modify relapse rates after the 6-week short-term treatment. ROWASA® (mesalamine) Rectal Suspension Enema is for rectal use only.
Patients should be instructed to shake the bottle well to make sure the suspension is homogeneous. The patient should remove the protective sheath from the applicator tip. Holding the bottle at the neck will not cause any of the medication to be discharged. The position most often used is obtained by lying on the left side (to facilitate migration into the sigmoid colon); with the lower leg extended and the upper right leg flexed forward for balance. An alternative is the knee- chest position. The applicator tip should be gently inserted in the rectum pointing toward the umbilicus. A steady squeezing of the bottle will discharge most of the preparation. The preparation should be taken at bedtime with the objective of retaining it all night. Patient instructions are included with every seven units.
ROWASA® (mesalamine) Rectal Suspension Enema for rectal administration is an off-white to tan colored suspension. Each disposable enema bottle contains 4.0 grams of mesalamine in 60 mL aqueous suspension. Enema bottles are supplied in boxed, foil-wrapped trays as follows:.
NDC 68220-066-01 .................. Professional Sample
NDC 68220-066-07 .................. Carton of 7 Bottles
NDC 68220-066-14 .................. Carton of 14 Bottles
NDC 68220-066-28 .................. Carton of 28 Bottles
ROWASA® (mesalamine) Rectal Suspension Enemas are for rectal use only.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
Patient instructions are included.
Store at controlled room temperature 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excusions permitted, please refer to current USP. Once the foilwrapped unit of seven bottles is opened, all enemas should be used promptly as directed by your physician. Contents of enemas removed from the foil pouch may darken with time. Slight darkening will not affect potency, however, enemas with dark brown contents should be discarded.
NOTE: ROWASA® (mesalamine) Rectal Suspension Enema will cause staining of direct contact surfaces, including but not limited to fabrics, flooring, painted surfaces, marble, granite, vinyl, and enamel. Take care in choosing a suitable location for administration of this product.
Rev. 05/08. ALAVEN® Pharmaceutical LLC., 2260 Northwest Parkway, Suite A Marietta, GA 30067. For Medical Inquiries, Call Toll Free: 1-888-317-0001. www.rowasa (mesalamine rectal suspension enema) .com. FDA rev date: 6/20/2008This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Last reviewed on RxList: 7/24/2008
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