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Mesalamine is a medication that is licensed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults. It helps to reduce symptoms of the condition by inhibiting the production of the chemicals that cause inflammation in the lining of the colon. The drug is available by prescription and comes in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, suppositories, and enemas.

What Is Mesalamine?

Mesalamine is a prescription medication that is used to treat ulcerative colitis. It comes in several forms, including:
 
 
Asacol tablets (400 mg) were removed from the market in 2013 and were replaced by Delzicol capsules. Asacol HD (800 mg) tablets are still on the market.
 
(Click Mesalamine Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with mesalamine. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
The following eMedTV articles contain information on side effects of specific mesalamine products:
 
 
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