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About Mesalamine

Mesalamine Pentasa is used to treat a certain bowel disease (ulcerative colitis). Asacol HD dosing helps to reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. Mesalamine belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates. Generic Mesalamine dosing works by decreasing swelling in the colon.

How to use

  • Take Mesalamine Pentasa by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor.
  • Usually 3 times daily.
  • Swallow this medication whole.
  • Do not crush, chew, or break.
  • Doing so can keep the drug from being released properly into the colon.
  • Asacol HD dosingĀ is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
  • In children, the dosage is also based on weight.
  • Different brands of Generic Mesalamine dosing deliver different amounts of medication.
  • Do not switch brands without your doctor’s permission and directions.

Use Asacol HD dosing regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

Side effects

  • Stomach upset
  • nausea/vomiting
  • constipation
  • headache
  • joint/muscle pain

Before any of these Mesalamine Pentasa effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

You may sometimes see whole or partial tablets/capsules in your stool. If this occurs frequently, tell your doctor. You may not be absorbing enough of the medication.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed Generic Mesalamine dosing because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious Generic Mesalamine dosing side effects.

Infrequently, mesalamine can worsen ulcerative colitis. Tell your doctor right away if your symptoms worsen after starting this medication (such as increased abdominal pain/cramping, bloody diarrhea, fever).

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious Asacol HD dosing side effects, including signs of kidney problems (such as a change in the amount of urine), dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, chest pain, shortness of breath.

A very serious allergic reaction to Generic Mesalamine dosing is rare. However, get medical help right away.

Warnings & Precautions

  1. Before taking Mesalamine Pentasa, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
  2. Before using Asacol HD dosing, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
  3. Tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use, before having surgery.

Generic Mesalamine dosing is similar to aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications (such as salicylates) if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness, or if they have recently received a vaccine. In these cases, taking aspirin increases the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

During pregnancy, Mesalamine Pentasa should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Asacol HD dosing passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.


Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. If your medication bottle comes with a desiccant, keep the desiccant in the bottle with the medication. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Drug interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.

A product that may interact with this drug is dichlorphenamide.




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