Information about Mesalazine

Mesalazine uses

Mesalazine is used in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and crohn’s disease.

How mesalazine works

Mesalazine blocks the release of chemical messengers that cause inflammation of the lining of the intestines.

Common side effects of mesalazine

Nausea, Headache, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain.

Available Medicine for Mesalazine

  • ₹78 to ₹260
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    5 variant(s)
  • ₹308
    Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹18 to ₹37
    Abbott India Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹140 to ₹241
    Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹220 to ₹1150
    Cipla Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹60 to ₹3150
    Ferring Pharmaceuticals
    6 variant(s)
  • ₹229
    Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹80 to ₹190
    La Renon Healthcare Pvt Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹120 to ₹248
    Zydus Cadila
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹71 to ₹126
    Wallace Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    2 variant(s)

Expert advice for Mesalazine

  • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to mesalazine, to any other content in the medicine, aspirin and other salicylate drugs.
  • Do not take mesalazine if you have severe kidney or liver problems, blood disorders or uncontrolled bleeding.
  • Do not take mesalazine if you have stomach or bowel ulcers or a history of bleeding ulcers, glucose-galactose mala absorption, Lapp-lactase deficiency or galactose intolerance.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of patients with liver, kidney or lung disease (asthma).
  • Avoid taking mesalazine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding.

Frequently asked questions for Mesalazine


Q. Is mesalazine a steroid, NSAID, immunosuppressant, blood-thinner or sulfa drug?
Mesalazine is not a steroid, NSAID, immunosuppressant, blood-thinner or sulfa drug. It is an anti-inflammatory drug
Q. Can I take mesalazine forever?
No. Mesalazine should only be taken for the duration prescribed by your doctor
Q. Is mesalazine safe?
Yes. Mesalazine is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor
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Q. Can I take Asacol with Advil, Nyquil, tylenol, aspirin, Gaviscon, Imodium?
Asacol (mesalazine) can be taken with Nyquil, Tylenol (paracetamol), Gaviscon (sodium alginate) and Imodium (loperamide) only if prescribed by your doctor. It should not be taken with Advil (ibuprofen) or aspirin
Q. Does mesalazine cause bleeding, weight gain, hair loss, immune suppression or liver problems?
Mesalazine may cause liver problems, immune suppression, hair loss, or bleeding. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor
Q. Does mesalazine affect fertility or sperm count?
There is no evidence of mesalazine affecting fertility, but it may very rarely and reversibly reduce sperm count. If you experience any such problems, please consult your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)