Generic Name: mesalamine, Oral capsule

Delzicol,Pentasa

All Brands

  • Delzicol
  • Pentasa
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Highlights for mesalamine

Oral capsule
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MESALAMINE (me SAL a meen) is used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Rectal suspensionOral tabletRectal Suppository
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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mesalamine Side Effects

Oral capsule

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bloody diarrhea
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • fever
  • pain or difficulty passing urine
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach gas
  • stomach pain or cramps
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mesalamine May Interact with Other Medications

Oral capsule
  • digoxin
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use mesalamine

Oral capsule

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take the Lialda tablets with food. Do not crush or chew the tablets or capsules. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • pyloric stenosis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mesalamine, salicylates, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better after several days. There is usually an improvement in 3 to 21 days. You may need about 6 weeks of treatment to get good results.

Do not change the brand of this medicine that you are taking without talking to your doctor or health care professional. All brands do not have the same dose.

You may notice the empty shell from this medicine in your stool. If this happens frequently, you should contact your doctor or health care professional.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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