Generic Name: Mesalamine

  • What is Pentasa?

    Pentasa is a medicine used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Pentasa?

    While you are taking Pentasa, a condition that may be difficult to distinguish from an ulcerative colitis flare-up may occur. Symptoms include cramping, stomach ache, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache, or rash. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately. Your doctor may decide to discontinue your medication.

  • Who should not take Pentasa?

    Do not take Pentasa if you are allergic to it or to salicylates, such as aspirin.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Pentasa?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Pentasa. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver disease.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1 gram (g) 4 times a day.

  • How should I take Pentasa?

    Take Pentasa as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Pentasa?

    Do not take more medication than your doctor has prescribed.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Pentasa?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Pentasa at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Pentasa?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: diarrhea, fever, headache, nausea, rash, stomach pain, vomiting

  • Can I receive Pentasa if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Pentasa during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breasfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Pentasa?

    If you miss a dose of Pentasa, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Pentasa?

    Store at room temperature.