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How should I use a mesalamine suppository?

Mesalamine is sometimes given as a suppository (Canasa) to treat ulcerative colitis, which causes damage to the lining of the lower colon and rectum. Steps to inserting a suppository include reading the directions that come with your prescription carefully. Try to have a bowel movement prior to inserting. If successful, this helps to keep the suppository in place undisturbed. With clean, dry hands open the package. Raise one knee to your chest. Gently guide the suppository with your finger directly into the rectum, pointed side first, until it is completely inside the rectum. Wash your hands again after inserting.

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