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APRISO
(mesalamine) Extended-Release Capsules

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Each APRISO (mesalamine extended-release capsules) capsule is a delayed- and extended-release dosage form for oral administration. Each capsule contains 0.375 g of mesalamine USP (5-aminosalicylic acid, 5-ASA), an anti-inflammatory drug. The structural formula of mesalamine is:

APRISO™ (mesalamine) Structural Formula Illustration

Molecular Weight: 153.14

Molecular Formula: C7H7NO3

Each APRISO capsule contains granules composed of mesalamine in a polymer matrix with an enteric coating that dissolves at pH 6 and above.

The inactive ingredients of APRISO (mesalamine extended-release capsules) capsules are colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, simethicone emulsion ethylacrylate/methylmethacrylate copolymer nonoxynol 100 dispersion, hypromellose, methacrylic acid copolymer, talc, titanium dioxide, triethyl citrate, aspartame, anhydrous citric acid, povidone, vanilla flavor, and edible black ink.

What are the possible side effects of mesalamine oral (Apriso, Asacol, Asacol HD, Lialda, Pentasa)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking mesalamine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas;
  • fever, sore throat, or other flu symptoms;
  • constipation;
  • headache or...

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What are the precautions when taking mesalamine extended-release capsules (Apriso)?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other medications that are broken down into mesalamine (such as sulfasalazine, olsalazine); or to other salicylates (such as aspirin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (such as asthma), kidney problems, liver problems, pancreas problems (pancreatitis), swelling of the sac around the heart (pericarditis), stomach/intestinal ulcers, urinary problems (such as blockage).

This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 9/14/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.