Mesacol (Mesalamine USP)
What is Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) used for?
Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) is prescribed to treat patients suffering from ulcerative colitis. The medication prevents the release of enzymes in the body that cause swelling and irritation to prevent symptoms such as pain, discomfort, or diarrhea. Your physician may also prescribe it for other unlisted purposes.
How should I use Mesacol (Mesalamine USP)?
Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically taken four times daily, but your individual directions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Never change the form of the tablets by splitting or crushing them prior to use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Mesacol (Mesalamine USP)?
The use of Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Contact your physician immediately if you experience any intense or worrying symptoms to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further problems from occurring. Immediate medical attention may also be required in more serious cases.
Mesacol (Mesalamine USP) should not be used to treat patients who have porphyrias, severely decreased liver function, or severely decreased kidney function. It is also recommended to inform your physician if you have had a bad reaction to sulfasalazine, asthma, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function as these conditions may require special adjustments to your regimen to prevent unexpected health complications from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Mesacol (Mesalamine USP). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.