Pentasa is a medication used to treat bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. It helps to reduce the symptoms of diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. Mesalamine is part of the aminosalicylates, which work by decreasing swelling in the colon.
This medication is taken by mouth, usually 4 times a day. The dosage and frequency of this medication will depend on your ulcerative colitis and the direction of your doctor. Pentasa comes in the form of tablets and you should take it with meals.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor:
This medication can be taken during pregnancy if the patient clearly needs it. This medication also passes into the breast milk and could have negative effects on a nursing infant. Always discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug is similar to aspirin and children taking Pentasa should not take it if they have recently received a vaccine. In these cases taking aspirin can increase a child’s risk of Reye’s syndrome.
Some common side effects of Pentasa may include:
Tell your doctor right away if you experience:
What should I avoid while taking Pentasa?
Ask your doctor before taking an antacid along with Pentasa. Some antacids have the ability to decrease the efficiency of Pentasa.
How do I store Pentasa?
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of reach of children.