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MESALAMINE (5-AMINOSALICYLIC ACID) EXTENDED-RELEASE CAP - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Apriso
USES: Mesalamine (also known as 5-aminosalicylic acid) is used to lessen the signs and severity of ulcerative colitis (remission). It does not cure ulcerative colitis (a bowel disease), but mesalamine may decrease symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding caused by irritation/swelling of the colon/rectum. Mesalamine is an aminosalicylate anti-inflammatory drug. It is believed to work by blocking the production of certain natural chemicals that may cause pain and swelling. After an attack has been treated, mesalamine is used to increase the amount of time between attacks of ulcerative colitis.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This drug may also be used to treat Crohn's disease.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily in the morning or as directed by your doctor.
Swallow the capsules whole. Do not chew or crush the capsules. Do not take with antacids. 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 to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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