What is Mesalamine?

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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 can be taken orally or applied rectally to help treat the inflammation associated with these conditions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Crohn's Disease 245 96
Ulcerative colitis 186 99
Ulcerative colitis 26 10
Colitis 6 2
Diarrhea 6 6
Microscopic Colitis 6 4

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 13
Moderate 26
Mild 29
None 143

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mesalamine

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 6
Nausea 6
Hair loss 5
Headaches 5
Fatigue 4
Abdominal bloating 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mesalamine

Dosage Patients
2.4 g daily 7
1.5 g daily 3
4.8 g daily 3
1,000 mg twice daily 3
2,000 mg daily 3
3,000 mg daily 3
1,600 mg twice daily 3
3,200 mg daily 3
1,000 mg four times daily 3
2,000 mg twice daily 3

See all 42 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Mesalamine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 92
Doctor's advice 57
Side effects too severe 35
Other 28
Expense 16
Course of treatment ended 15
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 8
See all 169 patients who’ve stopped taking Mesalamine

Duration

Currently taking Mesalamine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Mesalamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 153
Usually 39
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 32
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 113
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 12
$50-99 9
$25-49 22
< $25 54
Not specified 102

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mesalamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 9
Mesalamine (Pentasa) 4
Balsalazide (Colazal) 3
Infliximab (Remicade) 2
Mercaptopurine (Purinethol) 2

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Mesalamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Infliximab (Remicade) 6
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 5
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 4
Mesalamine (Pentasa) 4
Balsalazide (Colazal) 3

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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12 patient evaluations for Mesalamine

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CarynH
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CarynH
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 44
Condition: Crohn's Disease 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Crohn's Disease

See CarynH's full Mesalamine history

Jul 11, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Crohn's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2.4 g Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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fluboe
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fluboe
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Crohn's Disease 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Crohn's Disease

See fluboe's full Mesalamine history

May 31, 2014 (Started Oct 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Crohn's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For some reason the Oregon Health Plan (new Obama-care insurance) does not cover Asacol HD 800mg TBEC. My recent flare-up may have been exacerbated because I ran out of the medication and couldn't get it refilled. For the last 2 weeks I have been paying out-of-pocket for it and it is EXPENSIVE. I will have to either find another medication option on Monday or work on the appeal process (which looks like a pain in the ass). Until then I will be paying out the whazoo for it because it is the only medication I know of that really can keep me in remission without noticeable side effects.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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patrickgpking
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patrickgpking
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 24
Condition: Ulcerative colitis
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I have:
Ulcerative colitis

See patrickgpking's full Mesalamine history

Nov 24, 2012 (Started May 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Ulcerative colitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

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