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Octasa® Suppositories

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.

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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.

Try and have a poo before using your suppository
Wash your hands and undress from the waist down
Peel back the wrapper to remove the suppository and hold the blunt end
Lie on your side with your top leg bent towards your stomach
Relax, spread your buttocks and insert the suppository into your bottom, tip end first
Push it in as far as you can (at least an inch)
Squeeze your legs and buttocks together to help the suppository stay in

Reducing symptoms

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

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  • 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

How to use Octasa 1g suppositories

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Octasa 1g suppositories?

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.

Can I use Octasa 1g suppositories if I am pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to have a baby?

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.

Can I drive and/or operate machinery when I am using Octasa 1g suppositories?

Octasa 1g suppositories are not expected to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

How should I use Octasa 1g suppositories?

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.

How often should I use Octasa 1g suppositories?

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.

What should I do if I use more Octasa 1g suppositories than I am supposed to?

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.

What should I do if I forget to use Octasa 1g suppositories?

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.

Can I stop using Octasa 1g suppositories?

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.

What should I do if I get a side effect?

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 uksafety@tillotts.com

How should I store Octasa 1g suppositories?

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.

What do Octasa 1g suppositories look like?

Octasa 1g suppositories are light beige coloured, torpedo-shaped suppositories.

Are Octasa 1g suppositories suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

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.

References

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].

Report a side effect

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 www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.

By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

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