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Phenylephrine suppositories

Pronunciation

Generic Name: phenylephrine (fen-il-EF-rin)
Brand Name: Examples include Anu-Med and Tronolane

Phenylephrine suppositories are used for:

Treating swelling, itching, burning, and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Phenylephrine suppositories are a vasoconstrictor. It works by temporarily shrinking swollen hemorrhoidal tissues and relieving symptoms.

Do NOT use phenylephrine suppositories if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in phenylephrine suppositories
  • you take droxidopa
  • you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using phenylephrine suppositories:

Some medical conditions may interact with phenylephrine suppositories. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of depression, glaucoma, heart problems, high blood pressure, trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland, an overactive thyroid, or diabetes

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with phenylephrine suppositories. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Droxidopa, furazolidone , or an MAO inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of severe high blood pressure and fast or irregular heartbeat may be increased
  • Tricyclic antidepressants because side effects may be increased by phenylephrine suppositories
  • Medicines for high blood pressure (eg, atenolol, captopril, verapamil) because effectiveness may be decreased by phenylephrine suppositories

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if phenylephrine suppositories may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use phenylephrine suppositories:

Use phenylephrine suppositories as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • When practical, cleanse the affected area with a hemorrhoidal pad or mild soap and warm water and rinse thoroughly. Gently dry by patting or blotting with a tissue or soft cloth before applying phenylephrine suppositories.
  • If the suppository is too soft to use, put it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes or run cold water over it. Then remove the wrapper and moisten the suppository with cool water. Lie down on your side. Insert the pointed end of the suppository into the rectum, then use your finger to push it in completely. Wash your hands thoroughly after using phenylephrine suppositories.
  • If your condition worsens or does not improve within 7 days, consult a doctor. In case of bleeding, consult a doctor immediately.
  • If you miss a dose of phenylephrine suppositories and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use phenylephrine suppositories.

Important safety information:

  • Use phenylephrine suppositories with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use phenylephrine suppositories with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking phenylephrine suppositories, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using phenylephrine suppositories during pregnancy. It is unknown if phenylephrine suppositories are excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using phenylephrine suppositories, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of phenylephrine suppositories:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dizziness; headache; irregular heartbeat; nervousness; rectal bleeding; tremor; trouble sleeping.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of phenylephrine suppositories:

Store phenylephrine suppositories at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep phenylephrine suppositories out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about phenylephrine suppositories, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Phenylephrine suppositories are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take phenylephrine suppositories or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about phenylephrine suppositories. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to phenylephrine suppositories. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using phenylephrine suppositories.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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