Mesalamine Uses

How Does Mesalamine Work?

Mesalamine belongs to a group of medications called aminosalicylates. It is thought that the drug works by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lining of the colon. Mesalamine decreases the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, chemicals that lead to the inflammation of ulcerative colitis.

Mesalamine Uses in Children

Asacol® has been approved for use in children age five and older. The other forms of mesalamine are not approved for use in children. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug in children.

Off-Label Mesalamine Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend mesalamine for treating something other than the conditions mentioned in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, using mesalamine to treat Crohn's disease is considered an off-label use for the drug.

Mesalamine Drug Information

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