Salofalk 500mg Suppositories
Salofalk 500mg Suppositorien Gebrauchsinformation (GI) fur GroRbritannien Format: 300 x 185 mm Druckfarben: (2/2) Schwarz + Pantone 644
Mat.-Nr.: 18 410.12-1603 (Vifor AG) Falk-Datumscode: GB/03.16
Font: 9pt / ZAB: 10,5pt
1. What Salofalk suppositories 500mg are and what they are used for
3. How to use Salofalk suppositories 500mg
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Salofalk suppositories are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you use Salofalk suppositories
3. How to use Salofalk suppositories
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Salofalk suppositories
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Salofalk suppositories contain the active substance mesalazine, an anti-inflammatory agent used to treat inflammatory bowel disease.
Salofalk suppositories are used for:
- the treatment of mild and moderate episodes of an inflammatory disease in the rectum (back passage) known by doctors as ulcerative colitis or ulcerative proctitis.
- If you are allergic to salicylic acid, to salicylates such as aspirin or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
- If you have a serious liver or kidney disease.
- If you have a history of problems with your lungs, particularly if you suffer from bronchial asthma.
- If you have a history of allergy to sulphasalazine, a substance related to mesalazine.
- If you suffer with problems of your liver.
- If you suffer with problems of your kidney.
During treatment your doctor may want to keep you under close medical supervision and you may need to have regular blood and urine tests.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any of the medicines mentioned below as the effects of these medicines may change (interactions):
- Certain agents that inhibit blood clotting (medicines for thrombosis or to thin your blood, e.g., warfarin)
- Azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine or thioguanine (medicines used to treat immune disorders).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
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 this medicine.
You should only use Salofalk suppositories during pregnancy if your doctor tells you to.
You should also only use Salofalk suppositories during breastfeeding if your doctor tells you to, as this medicine may pass into breast milk.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This medicine may only be used rectally, so it has to be inserted through the anus. Do NOT take by mouth.
Adults and elderly
The recommended dose is one or two suppositories two to three times daily.
Use in children
There is little experience and only limited documentation for an effect in children.
Duration of treatment
Your doctor will decide how long you need to continue the treatment with this medicine. This will depend on your condition.
To obtain the maximum benefit from this medicine, you should use Salofalk suppositories regularly and consistently, as directed.
If you think your Salofalk suppositories are too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor.
Contact a doctor if you are in doubt, so he or she can decide what to do.
If you use too many suppositories on one occasion, just use your next dose as prescribed. Do not use a smaller amount.
Do not use a larger than normal dose of Salofalk suppositories next time, but continue treatment at the prescribed dosage.
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4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Salofalk suppositories 500mg
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Do not stop using this product until you have talked to your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
All medicines can cause allergic reactions although serious allergic reactions are very rare. If you get any of the following symptoms after taking this medicine, you should contact your doctor immediately:
- Allergic skin rash
- Breathing difficulties
If you experience a marked reduction of your general health, especially if accompanied by fever, and/or a sore throat and mouth, stop using the suppositories and contact your doctor immediately. These symptoms can, very rarely, be due to a fall in the number of white cells in your blood (a condition called agranulocytosis) which may make you more prone to developing a serious infection. A blood test can confirm whether your symptoms are due to an effect of this medicine on your blood.
The following side effects have also been reported by patients using mesalazine:
Rare side effects (that affect less than 1 in 1,000 patients):
- Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, wind (flatulence), nausea and vomiting, constipation
- Headache, dizziness
- Chest pain, breathlessness or swollen limbs because of an effect on your heart
- Fever, sore throat or malaise because of blood count changes
- Shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, lung shadow on x-ray due to allergic and/or inflammatory lung conditions
- Severe diarrhoea and abdominal pain because of an allergic reaction to this medicine within the bowel
- Skin rash or inflammation
- Muscle and joint pain
- Jaundice or abdominal pain because of liver or bile flow disorders
- Hair loss and the development of baldness
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
- Reversible decrease in semen production Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via theYellow Card Scheme Website: https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach 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.
Store in the original container in order to protect contents from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
The active substance is mesalazine and one suppository contains 500mg mesalazine.
The other ingredients are
Hard fat, docusate sodium, cetyl alcohol.
Salofalk suppositories are in white opaque PVC/PE strips of 5 Available in packs of 10 or 30 suppositories.
Not all packs may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Dr. Falk Pharma UK Ltd
Bourne End Business Park, Cores End Road
Bourne End, SL8 5AS
Leinenweberstr. 5 79108 Freiburg Germany
This leaflet was last revised in
Very rare side effects (that affect less than 1 in 10,000 patients):
- Changes in kidney function, sometimes with swollen limbs or flank pain
- Severe abdominal pain because of acute inflammation of the pancreas
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