Pentasa Drug Class

Pentasa® (mesalamine) is a prescription drug used to treat ulcerative colitis in adults. In some cases, it is also used to treat Crohn's disease; however, it is not approved for this use. The medicine comes in two strengths and is generally taken four times a day.
Pentasa belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates. The medicine is thought to work by decreasing the production of certain chemicals that are known to cause inflammation in the lining of the colon.
(To learn more about how this drug is classified, click Pentasa Uses. This article also describes some of the other treatment options that are available for ulcerative colitis and takes a closer look at the symptoms of the disease.)
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