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aspirin (rectal) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using rectal aspirin (Aspirin)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), diflunisal (Dolobid), etodolac (Lodine), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), ketorolac (Toradol), mefenamic acid (Ponstel), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), piroxicam (Feldene), and others.

Rectal aspirin should not be used in a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye's syndrome.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have:

Aspirin may be harmful to an unborn baby, and may also cause problems with pregnancy or childbirth. Do not use rectal aspirin without medical advice if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether rectal aspirin passes into breast milk or if it could harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use rectal aspirin (Aspirin)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger or smaller amounts, or use it for longer than recommended.

This medication comes with patient instructions for using the rectal suppository. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Do not take an aspirin rectal suppository by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.

Remove the outer wrapper from the suppository before inserting it. Avoid handling the suppository too long or it will melt in your hands.

Try to empty your bowel and bladder just before using the rectal aspirin suppository.

Lie on your back with your knees up toward your chest. Gently insert the suppository into your rectum about 1 inch.

For best results, stay lying down after inserting the suppository and hold it in your rectum for a few minutes. The suppository will melt quickly once inserted and you should feel little or no discomfort while holding it in. Avoid using the bathroom for at least an hour after using the suppository.

Call your doctor if you still have a sore throat after 2 days of using rectal aspirin, if you still have a fever after 3 days, or if you still have pain after 10 days of treatment (5 days for a child). Tell your doctor at any time if you have new or worsening symptoms.

This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using rectal aspirin.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using rectal aspirin. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store the rectal suppositories at cool room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not refrigerate or freeze them.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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