This medicine is utilized to treat a specific bowel disease (ulcerative colitis). It helps to relieve the signs of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. Mesalamine is assigned to a class of drugs referred to as aminosalicylates. It works by decreasing swelling inside the colon.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed through your doctor, usually three times daily.
Swallow prescription drugs whole. Do not crush, chew, or break. Doing so is able to keep the drug from being released properly into the colon.
The dosage will depend on your medical problem and response to treatment. In children, the dosage can be based on weight. Different brands of medicines deliver different amounts of medication. Do not switch brands without a medical expert's permission and directions.
Use medicines regularly to have the most take advantage of it. To help you remember, take it with the same times on a daily basis.
Tell your medical professional if the condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Stomach upset, nausea/vomiting, constipation, headache, or joint/muscle pain may occur. If some of these effects persist or worsen, tell your medical professional or pharmacist promptly.
You may sometimes see whole or partial tablets/capsules inside your stool. If this occurs frequently, tell your doctor. You may not be absorbing enough of the medication.
Remember that a medical expert has prescribed this medication while he or she has judged that this advantage of you is greater than the potential risk of negative effects. Many people using medicines would not have serious negative effects.
Infrequently, mesalamine can worsen ulcerative colitis. Tell your doctor immediately if the symptoms worsen after starting prescription drugs (for example increased abdominal pain/cramping, bloody diarrhea, fever).
Tell your doctor straight away for those who have any serious unwanted side effects, including: indications of kidney problems (including change within the amount of urine), dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, chest pain, breathlessness.
A much more severe hypersensitive reaction for this drug is rare. However, get medical help immediately if you see any symptoms of a serious hypersensitivity, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially in the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete set of possible unwanted effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for health advice about negative effects. You may report unwanted side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your medical professional for medical health advice about unwanted side effects. You may report unwanted effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking mesalamine, tell your medical professional or pharmacist should you be allergic into it; as well as to other aminosalicylates (for example balsalazide, olsalazine); or to salicylates (including aspirin, salsalate); or sulfasalazine; or when you have every other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which could cause allergic reactions or any other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell a medical expert or pharmacist your health background, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, stomach blockage (such as pyloric stenosis).
Before having surgery, tell your physician or dentist about every one of the products you utilize (including prescribed drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This drugs are just like aspirin. Children and teenagers must not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications (for example salicylates) should they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness, or if they have recently received a vaccine. In these cases, taking aspirin increases the potential risk of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
During pregnancy, prescription drugs must be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This medication passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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