What is Pentasa (Mesalazine) used for?
Pentasa (Mesalazine), an anti-inflammatory 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA), is predominately prescribed as treatment for ulcerative colitis (inflamed digestive tract), mild-moderate Crohn's disease, and other inflammatory bowel conditions. It can also help to maintain distal ulcerative colitis in remission. This medication also contains added antioxidant properties and numerous other health benefits for patients suffering from conditions such as those listed above.
How should I use Pentasa (Mesalazine)?
The usual adult dose for Pentasa (Mesalazine) is 4 - 16 tablets per day depending on their condition. Dosing should be spread out throughout the day and taken according to your doctor's instructions. Keep all appointments you have with your doctor to monitor your condition and response whilst taking this medication. Your dose may need to be adjusted from time to time. This is a long term treatment and should be taken at the same time each day to maximize its effectiveness. It will often take over 3 weeks before patients begin to notice the effects of the medication.
What are the side effects of Pentasa (Mesalazine)?
Users of Pentasa (Mesalazine) may experience some side effects. If you experience any of these symptoms, report them to your doctor in case they require medical attention. Side effects that may appear include:
Do not use Pentasa (Mesalazine) if you have any kind of renal impairment, untreated peptic ulcer disease, or any allergies. Do not consume alcohol whilst using Pentasa. Doing can easily cause stomach bleeding.
Strictly use this medication as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient's health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Pentasa may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure you doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.