Mesacol (Mesalamine USP)
What is Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) used for?
Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) is an oral anti-inflammatory medication prescribed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. It operates by preventing the action of certain enzymes in the body responsible for the inflammation of the intestines associated with this condition. This can reduce symptoms such as bleeding, intense stomach pain, or diarrhoea. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Mesacol (Mesalamine USP)?
Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) should be used according to the instructions provided by your doctor to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically taken two to four times each day, but your individual instructions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, although a meal or snack is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Avoid splitting or crushing the tablets as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have regarding the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Mesacol (Mesalamine USP)?
Some patients using Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) may experience side effects such as:
Side effects possibly requiring immediate medical attention are severe stomach pain, intense nausea, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, severe skin rashes, swelling, or trouble breathing. Inform your doctor as soon as any unusual or worrying symptoms occur to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more complications from occurring.
Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) should not be used by patients who are allergic to salicylate medications, who have blood disorders, severely decreased liver function, or severely reduced kidney function. Also inform your doctor if you have asthma, reduced liver function, reduced kidney function, or a history of allergies to sulfasalazine medications. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) 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.
Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your 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.