SF Rowasa

Generic Name: Mesalamine

  • What is SF Rowasa?

    SF Rowasa suspension enema is a medicine used rectally to treat ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), as well as inflammation of the lower colon and rectum.

  • What is the most important information I should know about SF Rowasa?

    SF Rowasa can cause bloody diarrhea, cramping, fever, rash, severe headache, and severe stomach pain. Stop taking the medication and tell your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

    Your doctor will check your kidney function while you are taking SF Rowasa, especially if you have a history of kidney disease or you are using other anti-inflammatory medications. Because older adults tend to have weaker kidneys, SF Rowasa is more likely to trigger side effects within this age group.

    Use caution if you are allergic to sulfasalazine and you are using SF Rowasa. If you develop a rash or fever, you should stop using the medication and tell your doctor.

    SF Rowasa can cause flare-ups of your colon. Inflammation of your pancreas can also occur.

    SF Rowasa can cause pericarditis (a condition in which the membrane surrounding the heart becomes inflamed).

    Rowasa, the original formulation, contains a sulfite that can cause allergic reactions. SF Rowasa is sulfite-free.

  • Who should not take SF Rowasa?

    Do not use SF Rowasa if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of SF Rowasa?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with SF Rowasa. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, heart problems, or are allergic to sulfites or any medications.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is 1 enema (60 milliliters) inserted rectally once a day at bedtime and retained for about 8 hours.

  • How should I take SF Rowasa?

    Use SF Rowasa suspension enema as directed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or use more often without asking your doctor.

    Best results are achieved if your bowel is emptied immediately before SF Rowasa is given.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use this medication.

    Shake the bottle well and use at bedtime.

  • What should I avoid while taking SF Rowasa?

    Do not get SF Rowasa on clothes, fabrics, flooring or similar surfaces; it can cause staining.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with SF Rowasa?

    If SF Rowasa is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining SF Rowasa with sulfasalazine.

  • What are the possible side effects of SF Rowasa?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: diarrhea, dizziness, "flu-like" symptoms, gas, headache, nausea, sore throat, stomach pain, tiredness

  • Can I receive SF Rowasa if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of SF Rowasa during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of SF Rowasa?

    If you miss a dose of SF Rowasa, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

  • How should I store SF Rowasa?

    Store at room temperature.