Pentasa Pills

A healthcare provider may prescribe Pentasa® (mesalamine) to treat ulcerative colitis. Although there is only one form of this medication, there are two strengths available.
Available in the form of 250-mg and 500-mg capsules (pills), Pentasa works by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lining of the colon. As a result, the medication decreases the production of certain chemicals that lead to the inflammation seen with ulcerative colitis.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, Pentasa is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include nausea and diarrhea. Also, you may not be able to safely use this medicine if you have problems with your liver or kidneys.
(For a closer look at these pills, click Pentasa. This article explains how this medication works and discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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