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It's important to understand Pentasa warnings and precautions before starting the medication. For example, Pentasa may cause kidney and liver damage. If you have liver or kidney disease, let your healthcare provider know before taking the drug. Pentasa warnings and precautions also extend to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Pentasa include the following:
- The medication may cause a worsening of ulcerative colitis. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if your ulcerative colitis symptoms become worse when you start taking Pentasa.
- Pentasa may cause kidney damage. Your healthcare provider should check your kidney function (using a blood test) before you start treatment and again periodically thereafter. You should not take Pentasa if you have kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure).
- The medication may cause liver damage. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking Pentasa if you have liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis.
- Pentasa 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 taking the drug while pregnant (see Pentasa and Pregnancy).
- Pentasa passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider before taking the drug (see Pentasa and Breastfeeding).
- Pentasa can interact with certain medications (see Pentasa Drug Interactions).