October 20, 2014
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Betnesol Retention Enema

(betamethasone (enema))

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02060884 BETNESOL RETENTION ENEMA 5MG/100ML RECTAL ENEMA

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How does Betnesol Retention Enema work? What will it do for me?

Betamethasone enema belongs to the group of medications known as corticosteroids. It is used to treat ulcerative colitis and works by reducing inflammation.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Betnesol Retention Enema?

The usual recommended dose of betamethasone enema is one enema used each night for 2 to 4 weeks. Your doctor may recommend that you continue treatment beyond 4 weeks if you are responding well to treatment.

To use an enema: Lie on your side in a horizontal position and hold the container about 1 or 2 inches above the hips while inserting the tip into the rectum to allow free but not forcible flow of the fluid from the container. Use as directed by your health professional and as instructed on the package insert.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not double a dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Betnesol Retention Enema come in?

Each disposable plastic bag of 100 mL contains betamethasone 5 mg (as betamethasone sodium phosphate) in buffered solution.

Who should NOT take Betnesol Retention Enema?

Betamethasone enema should not be used by anyone who:

  • is allergic to betamethasone or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • has been vaccinated with a vaccine containing live virus
  • has systemic (throughout the body) infections

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