You have been prescribed suppositories to help treat ulcerative proctitis. Ulcerative proctitis is caused by inflammation in your bottom (rectum).
Octasa 1g suppositories contain mesalazine, a medicine that can reduce inflammation and also help to relieve your symptoms.
Octasa 1g suppositories
How to use suppositories
It is important to use suppositories regularly and consistently as prescribed.
You should use Octasa 1g suppositories for as long as your doctor has advised, even if you feel better.
This will make sure the inflammation has gone down.
You are likely to start feeling better within a week of starting to use your suppositories.1
Because the medicine is delivered to where it’s needed, patients who used mesalazine suppositories said their symptoms were resolved within 5 days on average.1
- You might find it easier to use the suppository before bed
- You can lubricate the tip of the suppository with water or a water-based lubricant to make it easier to insert
- If the suppository comes out within 10 minutes of inserting it, don’t worry, try again with another suppository
- Try not to do a poo for an hour after inserting the suppository to give it time to work
- You may experience leakage during the night. Don’t worry, this is normal because the suppository starts to melt once it is inserted. You can put a towel down on your bed to absorb any leaks
If you have any questions or concerns about your Octasa suppositories, please speak to your healthcare professional
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Frequently Asked Questions
Octasa 1g suppositories contain the active ingredient mesalazine, which is an
anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat ulcerative proctitis. Octasa 1g suppositories act locally to reduce and prevent inflammation in the rectum.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Octasa 1g suppositories.
Octasa 1g suppositories are not expected to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
You should use Octasa 1g suppositories as your doctor/nurse has told you.
Check with your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
Octasa 1g suppositories should only be used rectally, which means they have to be inserted through the anus (bottom). Do not take by mouth.
You should use Octasa 1g suppositories exactly as your doctor/nurse has told you. Check with your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is one Octasa 1g suppository, once a day, at bedtime.
The dose should be adjusted by your doctor as per your condition.
Contact a doctor if you are in doubt, so they can decide what to do.
If you use too many Octasa 1g suppositories on one occasion, just take your next dose as prescribed. Do not use a smaller amount.
If you forget to use your Octasa suppository, use one as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed. Then use the next dose at its usual time.
You must not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Do not stop using Octasa 1g suppositories without talking to your doctor first.
If you have any further questions on the use of Octasa 1g suppositories, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects – If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Adverse events should also be reported to Tillotts Pharma UK Ltd on
01522 813500 or email@example.com
Keep Octasa 1g suppositories out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister strip
and on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Keep your suppositories in the original container to protect them from light.
Octasa 1g suppositories are light beige coloured, torpedo-shaped suppositories.
The active substance in Octasa 1g suppositories is mesalazine and the other ingredient is hard fat. The hard fat is from a non-animal origin.
Therefore, Octasa 1g suppositories are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
1. Andus T et al. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2010; 16(11): 1947–1956.
2. Data on file, Tillotts Pharma UK Limited. [Nurse suppository top tips – December 2020].
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By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.