Pentasa® (mesalamine) is a medication used to treat inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. Although it is generally a safe medication, Pentasa does have potential risks.
It's important to understand that certain problems can develop in people taking this product. For example, kidney damage can occur during treatment with Pentasa. You should not take it if you have kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure).
Other safety concerns with Pentasa include potential drug interactions or allergic reactions. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider if you develop serious side effects while taking this medicine, such as difficulty breathing, decreased urination, or depression. In most cases, however, side effects tend to be minor and easy to treat. Some of the common adverse reactions include diarrhea and nausea.
(Click Pentasa Side Effects and Pentasa Warnings and Precautions for more safety information on this product. These articles offer more detailed information on potential drug interactions, what your healthcare provider needs to know, and serious side effects.)