One study looked at using Rowasa to treat ulcerative colitis affecting the rectum and the last part of the colon. In this study, people using the medication experienced fewer bowel movements per day, less rectal bleeding, and less inflammation of the lining of the rectum, compared to those not using it.
Some general considerations for when and how to use Rowasa include the following:
- Rowasa comes in a liquid form that is used as an enema. Each enema comes in its own bottle.
- The medication is used once a day, preferably at bedtime. It is best if you can retain the liquid in your bowel for about eight hours (overnight).
- Each bottle should be shaken well just before use.
- Rowasa will work best if your bowel is empty before each use.
- Be sure your healthcare provider explains exactly how to use the enema. Rowasa will stain fabrics, flooring, painted surfaces, marble, granite, vinyl, and enamel.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Rowasa will not work if you stop using it.
The dose of Rowasa your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Rowasa Dosage for more information.)