mesalamine (5-aminosalicylic acid) delayed-release tablet - oral, Asacol (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other medications that are broken down into mesalamine (e.g., sulfasalazine, olsalazine); or to salicylates (e.g., aspirin); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, liver problems, asthma, abnormal emptying of stomach contents into the intestine (pyloric stenosis), pancreas problems (pancreatitis), inflammation of the sac around the heart (pericarditis).This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.This medication may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol may increase your risk for stomach bleeding, especially when combined with this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Caution is advised when using this drug in older adults because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially kidney problems and effects on the blood (e.g., blood dyscrasias).This medication is similar to aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications (e.g., salicylates) if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness, or if they have just been given a live virus vaccine (e.g., varicella vaccine), without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.Rarely, this medication may affect a man's fertility. If your partner has trouble becoming pregnant while you are using this medication, consult your doctor for fertility testing.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before breast-feeding.

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