Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Apriso, Asacol, Asacol HD, Lialda, Pentasa
Generic Name: mesalamine (oral) (Pronunciation: me SAL a meen)
What is mesalamine oral (Apriso, Asacol, Asacol HD, Lialda, Pentasa)?
Mesalamine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Asacol 400 mg
oblong, red, imprinted with ASACOLNE
Pentasa 500 mg
blue, imprinted with PENTASA 500 mg, LOGO
What are the possible side effects of mesalamine oral (Apriso, Asacol, Asacol HD, Lialda, Pentasa)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking mesalamine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about mesalamine oral (Apriso, Asacol, Asacol HD, Lialda, Pentasa)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to mesalamine or to aspirin or other salicylates (such as Disalcid, Doan's Pills, Dolobid, Salflex, Tricosal, and others).
Before you take mesalamine, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, a stomach condition called pyloric stenosis, a heart condition such as congestive heart failure, or a history of allergy to sulfasalazine (Azulfidine).
Do not crush, break, or chew a mesalamine tablet or capsule. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially formulated to release the medicine after it has passed through your stomach into your intestines.
Call your doctor if you find undissolved tablets in your stool.
Stop using mesalamine and call your doctor at once if you have severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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