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Rectiv Uses

If you have pain caused by an anal fissure (a tear in the lining of the anus), your healthcare provider may recommend Rectiv ointment. This medication works by increasing blood flow and relaxing the anal muscles. Rectiv is not approved for use in children; other treatment options may be recommended first, such as dietary changes, laxatives, or stool softeners.

What Is Rectiv Used For?

Rectiv™ (nitroglycerin anal ointment) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pain caused by chronic anal fissures.
An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus. Often the result of constipation (since passing large or hard stools can cause the tears), anal fissures are a common problem. They typically cause pain and bleeding. In fact, they can be quite painful.
Most fissures heal up on their own rather quickly (within a few weeks), especially once the constipation is treated. Sometimes, though, anal fissures may not heal quickly and can be a chronic problem. In such cases, treatment may be necessary.
Topical ointments, such as Rectiv ointment or nifedipine ointment, are usually tried first. Sometimes surgery may be necessary in severe cases. Rectiv can help treat the sometimes overwhelming pain caused by anal fissures.

How Does Rectiv Work?

Rectiv works to treat anal fissures by causing the muscle in the anus to relax, and also by dilating the blood vessels in the area, causing improved blood flow.

Can Children Use It?

Rectiv is not approved for use in children. If your healthcare provider recommends this drug for your child, be sure to discuss both the risks and benefits.
Anal fissures are common in infants and children (usually due to constipation). In most cases, adjusting the child's diet can adequately treat the problem, allowing the fissures to heal and preventing future ones. If dietary changes are not possible or are not effective, talk with your child's healthcare provider about whether a laxative or stool softeners might be appropriate.
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