mesalamine (5-aminosalicylic acid) capsule - oral, Pentasa (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually four times daily or as directed by your doctor.Swallow the capsules whole. Do not chew or crush the capsules. Doing so can interfere with release of the drug into the colon.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Diarrhea, headache, nausea, or vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication 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 side effects.Infrequently, this medication may make symptoms of your condition worse rather than better (acute intolerance syndrome or sensitivity reaction). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these unlikely but serious side effects: worsening stomach pain/cramping, worsening bloody diarrhea, fever, severe/prolonged headache.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: change in the amount of urine, vomit that contains blood or looks like coffee grounds, fast/pounding heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain (especially if spreading to the back), yellowing of the eyes/skin, unusual bleeding/bruising, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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