What is mesalamine used for?
Mesalamine is used to treat and prevent flare-ups of mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease). It works inside the bowels to reduce inflammation and other symptoms of the disease. This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
How quickly will mesalamine work?
This medication is taken as a liquid enema to deliver the medicine directly to the lower portion of your colon. The liquid enema is inserted directly into the rectum and should remain in the colon for at least 20-40 minutes. If taken as prescribed, these medications can work as quickly as 2 to 4 weeks.
How much mesalamine can I take in a day?
Adults—800 milligrams (mg) 3 times a day. Children 5 years of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually not more than 2400 mg per day, divided in 2 doses. Children younger than 5 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
What does mesalamine cost?
MESALAMINE is used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of mesalamine DR is around $129.31, 73% off the average retail price of $483.64. Compare aminosalicylates.
What happens if I stop taking mesalamine?
Stopping your meds can set off inflammation in your colon and rectum. This can lead to more symptoms and serious complications. You may have a flare. Even if you’re symptom-free, you shouldn’t stray from your treatment plan.
Is mesalamine safe for long term use?
Mesalazine can be taken long term. However your doctor will want to check how your kidneys are working during treatment. In rare cases mesalazine can cause kidney problems. These checks usually happen once every 3 months for the first year.
Is mesalamine a steroid?
Is mesalamine a steroid? No, mesalamine isn’t a steroid. While mesalamine also lowers swelling and inflammation just like steroids do, it belongs to a different class of medications known as aminosalicylates.
Can I stop taking mesalamine?
Do not stop using this medicine without checking first with your doctor. Keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days.
Is there a cheaper version of mesalamine?
About Mesalamine DR MESALAMINE is used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of mesalamine DR is around $129.31, 73% off the average retail price of $483.19. Compare aminosalicylates.