Rectiv (REK-tiv) will be the first nitroglycerin ointment approved for pain caused by anal fissures

Rectiv (REK-tiv) will be the first nitroglycerin ointment approved for pain caused by anal fissures.

Pharmacies have been compounding nitroglycerin 0.2% and 0.4% ointment for anal fissures. Rectiv will come in the 0.4% strength.

It'll be used for patients who don't get enough relief from stool softeners, sitz baths, and topical lidocaine or hydrocortisone.

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