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Pentasa is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat ulcerative colitis or mild-to-moderate Crohn’s disease. Pentasa works by acting locally on the cells lining the intestine and regulates the chemicals released by these cells. This improves symptoms and allows the gut time to recover. It may also be used to prevent acute flare ups from occurring.
Take this medicine as directed by your doctor. Swallow the tablets whole and do not crush, chew or break before swallowing. You may take this medicine alone or with food. If you experience an upset stomach, taking Pentasa with food or milk may improve these symptoms.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses together.
Store this medicine at room temperature away from heat and light.
Do not use this medicine if you have had a severe allergic reaction to aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin. A severe allergic reaction includes hives, itching, severe rash, difficulty breathing, swollen lips or tongue, or severe dizziness.
Do not exceed your dosage or stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor. Before using any new prescribed or over-the-counter, please consult with your pharmacist or doctor.
If your symptoms do not improve or become worse, see your doctor.
For women who wish to breast feed, this medicine is excreted into breast milk. Please discuss the risks and benefits of Pentasa before you decide to breastfeed your baby.
Side effects which may occur during treatment include mild diarrhea, constipation, mild nausea or vomiting, mild headache, back or joint pain, gas, heartburn, or mild abdominal discomfort or pain. If these continue for some time or are distressing for you, check with your doctor.
If you experience decreased urination or changes in the volume of urine, see your doctor as soon as possible.
If you experience any of the following, contact your doctor immediately: fever, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, severe headache, severe cramping, severe abdominal pain, or bloody diarrhea.
An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, however seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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