Pentasa (mesalamine) affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea. Pentasa is used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease in adults. Pentasa is also used to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease from recurring. Mesalamine is in a class of medications called anti-inflammatory agents. It works by stopping the body from producing a certain substance that may cause inflammation. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q:What happens if I miss a dose?
A:Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Q: What should I avoid while taking Pentasa?
A: Ask your doctor before using an antacid, and use only the type your doctor recommends. Some antacids may decrease the efficacy of Pentasa.