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Without a Prescription

Pentasa Suppositories and Canasa Suppositories are prescribed to treat inflammation of the rectum.
Pentasa Suspension Enema is prescribed for inflammation of the lower colon, and inflammation of the rectum.
Pentasa Suspension Enema, Pentasa, and Asacol are prescribed to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the large intestine and rectum).

Mesalamine, the active ingredient in these products, has been known to cause side effects such as:
- Sudden, severe stomach pain;
- Severe headache;
- Rash;
- Fever;
- Cramping;
- Bloody diarrhea;

Side Effects

Pentasa side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

More common side effects generally include:
- Stomach pain;
- Nausea;
- Headache;
- Gas;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Dizziness;
- Diarrhea;

Other typical side effects may include:
- Weakness;
- Vomiting;
- Urinary burning;
- Tiredness;
- Swelling of the arms and legs;
- Sweating;
- Stomach and intestinal bleeding;
- Sore throat;
- Rectal pain or bleeding;
- Rash;
- Nasal inflammation;
- Muscle pain;
- Menstrual problems;
- Liver disorders;
- Leg pain;
- Joint pain;
- Itching;
- Insomnia;
- Indigestion;
- Hemorrhoids;
- Hair loss;
- Fever;
- Constipation;
- Chills;
- Chest pain;
- Bloating;
- Belching;
- Back pain;
- Acne;
- Abdominal pain;

Contraindications

Pentasa is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are 65 or older;
- If you are allergic or sensitive to salicylates (aspirin), foods, preservatives, or dyes;
- If you are allergic to sulfasalazine (azulfidine);
- If you develop a rash or fever;
- If you have a history of kidney disease or you are using other anti-inflammatory drugs such as dipentum;

Interactions

Do not take Pentasa with any of the following drugs:
- It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Pentasa suspension enema, Pentasa suppositories, and canasa suppositories with sulfasalazine (azulfidine);
- If these products are taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered;

Dosage

CHILDREN

Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.

ADULTS

Pentasa Suspension Enema

Treatment time usually lasts from 3 to 6 weeks, although improvement may be seen within 3 to 21 days.
The usual dose is 1 rectal enema (60 milliliters) per day, preferably prescribed at bedtime and retained for about 8 hours.

Pentasa Capsules

The usual dose is 4 capsules taken 4 times a day for a total of 16 capsules daily.

Suppositories

The usual dose is one rectal suppository (500 milligrams) 2 times a day.
Treatment time usually lasts from 3 to 6 weeks, although improvement may be seen within 3 to 21 days.
To get the most benefit from the suppository, it should be retained for 1 to 3 hours or longer.
The dosage of Canasa may be increased to 3 suppositories daily if response is unsatisfactory after 2 weeks of therapy.

Asacol Tablets

The recommended dose for the treatment of ulcerative colitis is 2 tablets 3 times a day for 6 weeks.
To prevent a relapse, the usual dosage is 4 tablets a day, taken in 2 or more smaller doses, for 6 months.

Overdose

An overdose of Pentasa or Asacol could cause any of the following symptoms:
- Vomiting;
- Sweating;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Hyperventilation;
- Headache;
- Drowsiness;
- Diarrhea;
- Confusion;
Without Prescription (2017)