Mesalazine is used to treat and prevent inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Take mesalazine regularly as directed.
Take the tablets with a large glass of water. Do not crush or chew.
Empty the granule sachet onto your tongue and then drink a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the granules.
Remove the wrapper before inserting the suppositories into the rectum.
Shake the enema container well before use. Insert the contents of the enema into the rectum and retain for as long as possible.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Reduced number of blood cells that fight infections or help your blood to clot - symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat or generally feeling unwell, or easy or unusual bruising or bleeding
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
Severe stomach pain, nausea
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Diarrhoea, stomach upset
|Tell your doctor|
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. October 2020
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