What is Mesalamine (rectal)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Mesalamine, a derivative of 5-aminosalicylic acid, is an anti-inflammatory agent. It can be used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It may be applied rectally to help treat inflammation involving the end of the colon (sigmoid colon) or the rectum.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Ulcerative colitis 25 13
Crohn's disease 10 5
Proctitis 2 1
Mucus in stool 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
1
Mild
6
None
13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mesalamine (rectal)

Side effect Patients
Abdominal cramps 3
Loose bowel movements 2
Blood in stool 1
Bowel urgency 1
Fatigue 1
Feet tingling 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mesalamine (rectal)

Dosage Patients
6.67% as needed 3
250 mg daily 2
1 g every other day 1
1,000 mg daily 1
1,000 mg twice daily 1
1,000mg as needed 1
1g as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Mesalamine (rectal)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 7
Did not seem to work 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Doctor's advice 3
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 16 patients who've stopped taking Mesalamine (rectal)

Duration

Currently taking Mesalamine (rectal)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Mesalamine (rectal)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 6
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 4
Not specified 9

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mesalamine (rectal) after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Mesalamine (Pentasa) 4

Patients stopped taking Mesalamine (rectal) and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Balsalazide (Colazal) 1
Mercaptopurine (Purinethol) 1
Naltrexone (Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Mesalamine (rectal)

Jul 7, 2012 (Started Nov 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ulcerative colitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This treatment works best for me in a mild to moderate flare. If I'm in a severe flare, in won't stay in as I have to make too many trips to the bathroom. I have mild morning blood on my tissue. When this clears up, I'll stop using this drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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