Canasa Warnings and Precautions

There is a lot of important information you should be aware of before starting Canasa. Warnings and precautions include letting your healthcare provider know if you have kidney disease or any allergies, and watching out for certain drug interactions. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their healthcare providers before taking the medication. Canasa warnings and precautions also extend to being aware of possible side effects.

Canasa: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Canasa® (mesalamine) if you have:
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • A history of pancreatitis (an inflamed pancreas)
  • A history of pericarditis (inflammation of the sac around the heart)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to aspirin, food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Canasa Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Canasa include the following:
  • Canasa may cause ulcerative colitis to become worse. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen when you start taking it (see Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis).
  • The medication may cause kidney damage. Your healthcare provider may decide to check your kidney function (using a blood test) before you start Canasa and again periodically thereafter.
  • There have been a few reported cases of pericarditis (inflammation of the sac around the heart) in people who took mesalamine products.
  • Canasa is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for pregnant women, although the full risks are not known. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug while pregnant (see Canasa and Pregnancy).
  • Mesalamine (the active ingredient in Canasa) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking Canasa (see Canasa and Breastfeeding).
  • Canasa can interact with certain medications (see Canasa Drug Interactions).

Canasa Medication Information

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