Canasa Suppositories and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Canasa Suppositories 500mg and/or Equivalents||Salofalk Suppositories|
|Canasa Suppositories 1000mg and/or Equivalents||Salofalk Suppositories|
Canasa Suppositories (mesalamine)
Canasa Drug Description
Canasa Suppositories is used to treat mild inflammations in the colon. It is also used to treat infections and inflammations of the rectum, lower colon and small intestine. Suppositories are a drug that is inserted into the rectum to deliver a drug for better efficiency. Canasa Suppositories consists of 5-aminosalicylic acid. This is metabolized by the body. This then helps to block substances from the body which causes inflammation of the colon. This medicine is also prescribes to people diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. The active ingredient in Canasa Suppositories is mesalamine. The drug also consists of vegetable oil and salicylates.
The medicine is administered by inserting it into the rectum. Insertion of the medicine should be done with utmost care and concern. The medicine should be preserved in a temperature below 25 degrees Celsius. Be careful that you do not freeze the medicine. The medicine should not be held in the hand for a long time as this may cause the medicine to melt before it is administered. In case the medicine is too soft, keep it in the refrigerator for some time until it gets a little hard and ready for use. The drugs are tan colored and are bullet shaped. Make sure that the drug is stored away from light and moisture and the opening of the container of the drugs is sealed or closed tightly. Do not store Canasa Suppositories in your bathroom.
Conditions treated by Canasa
1. Inflammations in the colon, ranging from mild to moderate. 2. Inflammation in the rectum 3. Inflammation of the small intestine
Canasa Dosage information
a) Typical dosage recommendations
Doctors usually prescribe Canasa Suppositories for three to six weeks depending on medical test and symptoms. The recommended dosage of the medicine is 100 mg. the medicine should be inserted into the rectum and retained for at least three hours for maximum efficiency. Doctors usually prescribe this medicine for up to two times a day. You can apply lubricating gel on the tip of the medicine for easy insertion.
b)Missing a dose
When you have realized that you have missed a dose of Canasa Suppositories, immediately take the missed dose. If there is very little time left for the next dose of the medicine, wait for the next dose. It is not advisable to take two doses of the medicine within a very short time.
In case you have taken an overdose of Canasa Suppositories, consult your doctor or a pharmacist as soon as possible. Overdosing of this medicine causes diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness, fever, difficulty in breathing, weakness, headache, ringing sound in the ears etc. If you experience any of the symptoms, get in touch with an emergency room or a local poison control room immediately. However, serious cases of poisoning have not yet been reported.
The medicine can be unfit for people who might be experiencing certain medical conditions. Here are some of them:
1. In case you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breast feeding your child. 2. If you are allergic towards mesalamine, sulfites, sulfasalazine or any other substances or drugs. 3. Inform your doctor if you are taking medicines which have the following substances- Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, extract of Ginkgo biloba, insulin, anticoagulants, sulfonylureas, corticosteroids, valproic acid, beta-blockers, etc. These drugs affect the efficiency of mesalamine. 4. If you are a patient of kidney and related infections and problems. 5. If you have suffered from any disease in your liver. 6. If you are suffering or have suffered any heart related problem. 7. If you have symptoms of chicken pox or the flu.
There are some precautions that should be maintained while administering this drug. Since this medicine is a suppository, the person who is administering this medicine should thoroughly wash his/her hands with soap before administering the medicine. Make sure your hands are dried out completely. Do not hold the drug in your hands for a very long time. Since the medicine is designed to melt at the normal body temperature, there is a tendency of the drug melting in the hands even before it is inserted into the rectum. In case the drug is too soft, you can harden it a little by keeping it inside the refrigerator for some time or you can also run some cold water on it. Make sure that the course of Canasa Suppositories is followed as per the doctor’s prescription. The medicine may cause side effects if the person taking it is a little elderly. Thus, it is very important that you tell your doctor your correct age and your complete medical history when he/she is prescribing the medicine to you.
Make sure that the drug is kept away from the reach of children and pets. Do not discontinue its usage even if you start feeling better after a few days. This medicine can cause stains in your clothes. Thus, make sure that the medicine does not come in contact with any fabric or surface. The medicine can cause tanning, thus, make sure that you apply sun block whenever you step out and try to stay away from tanning booths. Do not start or discontinue the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Do not share this drug with any other person as the other person’s symptoms and medical conditions might not match with you and he/she might not actually need the drug. Start using the drug only after a doctor or a pharmacist has prescribed you this
Canasa Side effects
1. Hair loss 2. Diarrhea 3. Dizziness, weakness, nausea 4. Allergic reactions- hives, itching and swelling up of face, mouth, lips, tongue, throat 5. Presence of blood in urine and stools 6. Difficulty in breathing 7. Pain in the abdomen 8. Symptoms like flu- fever, sore throat, chills, headache 9. Corticosteroids 10. Spironolactone or sulfinpyrazone
Drug interactions with Canasa
Avoid medicines that have the following substances: insulin, gingko biloba extract, meglitinide antidiabetics, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, sulfasalazine, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, insulin, etc. This medicine interferes with Canasa Suppositories and reduces its efficiency.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.