Canasa Drug Class

Healthcare providers prescribe Canasa® (mesalamine) to treat a specific type of ulcerative colitis that affects just the rectum (this is known as ulcerative proctitis). Canasa is classified as an aminosalicylate drug and is believed to work by inhibiting the production of certain chemicals responsible for inflammation in the lining of the colon.
 
In addition to treating ulcerative proctitis, Canasa can be used in an off-label fashion to treat Crohn's disease, which is another kind of inflammatory bowel disease.
 
(Click Canasa Uses to learn more about how this medicine works, whether children can take it, and the symptoms of ulcerative colitis that it helps relieve.)
 
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