|Composition||Mesalamine Delayed Release|
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|Composition||Mesalamine Prolonged Release|
Mesalamine affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea.
Mesalamine is used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. Mesalamine is also used to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from recurring.
Some brands of mesalamine are for use only in adults, and some brands are for use in children who are at least 5 years old.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to mesalamine, aspirin, sulfasalazine, or salicylates (such as Nuprin Backache Caplet, Kaopectate, KneeRelief, Pamprin Cramp Formula, Pepto-Bismol, Tricosal, Trilisate, and others).
To make sure mesalamine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
a stomach condition called pyloric stenosis;
liver disease; or
a history of blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines).
Some forms of mesalamine may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of mesalamine if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Mesalamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take mesalamine with a full glass of water.
Take Asacol HD on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Lialda should be taken with a meal.
Other brands of mesalamine can be taken with or without food. Follow your doctor's instructions or the directions on your medicine label.
Do not crush, break, or chew a mesalamine tablet or capsule. Swallow the pill whole.
The extended-release capsule is specially formulated to release the medicine after it has passed through your stomach into your intestines. Breaking the pill may cause the drug to be released too early in the digestive tract.
The enteric-coated tablet has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the pill could damage this coating.
Tell your doctor if you find undissolved tablets in your stool.
Call your doctor if your ulcerative colitis symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
This medicine can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are taking mesalamine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
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