Canasa Safety

Healthcare providers often prescribe Canasa® (mesalamine) to treat ulcerative proctitis, a form of ulcerative colitis that only affects the rectum. Although this is typically a safe medicine for most people, Canasa does pose certain risks.
For instance, Canasa can increase your risk for certain problems, such as:
  • Kidney damage
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the sac around the heart)
  • Worsening of ulcerative colitis symptoms.
Also, you should not take this medication if you are taking certain other medicines, as potentially negative drug interactions can occur.
Other safety concerns with Canasa include possible side effects, such as:
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Rectal pain.
(For more information on important safety issues with this drug, click Canasa Side Effects and Canasa Warnings and Precautions. These articles offer more detailed information on potential drug interactions, what to discuss with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment, and serious side effects that require medical attention.)
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