What is Mesalamine/Mesalazine used for?
Mesalamine/Mesalazine is prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis, as well as proctosigmoiditis and proctitis. Mesalamine/Mesalazine is an aminosalicylate anti-inflammatory drug that is also used to prevent the recurrence of ulcerative colitis symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. Besides, it is indicated for the maintenance of remission of ulcerative colitis. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
The dosage of Mesalamine/Mesalazine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Mesalamine/Mesalazine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Mesalamine/Mesalazine, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are shortness of breath, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, and vomiting.
What other drugs could interact with Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Mesalamine/Mesalazine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Mesalamine/Mesalazine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Mesalamine/Mesalazine can interact with antiviral medicines, cancer medicines, antibiotics, antidiabetic medications, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
Like other medicines, Mesalamine/Mesalazine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Mesalamine/Mesalazine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Mesalamine/Mesalazine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Mesalamine/Mesalazine develop or change in intensity the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Mesalamine/Mesalazine can cause side effects such as dizziness, weakness, constipation, vomiting, mild nausea, flu-like symptoms, and sore throat. Some of the serious side effects of this drug include shortness of breath, bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, yellowing of the eyes/skin and chest pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Mesalamine/Mesalazine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
Is it possible for me to take Mesalamine/Mesalazine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Mesalamine/Mesalazine?
How will Mesalamine/Mesalazine work in my body?
How should Mesalamine/Mesalazine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Mesalamine/Mesalazine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Mesalamine/Mesalazine, inform your doctor if you are allergic to aspirin or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, and asthma. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Limit alcoholic beverages. Exercise caution while driving or performing other activities that require alertness.