5 asa

This is a class of drugs which are similar to aspirin, and have a similar anti-inflammatory effect. The most common forms are sulfasalazine and mesalazine. These drugs are poorly absorbed into the body, therefore they act on the surface of the intestines. This makes them relatively mild, and less likely to have side effects.

Mesalamine-Induced Acute Intolerance Syndrome

Mesalamine can cause acute intolerance syndrome and the symptoms can be hard to differentiate from the IBD. About 3% of patients are thought to get acute intolerance syndrome. The symptoms may include bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, fever, rash, and/or headache. As such, anyone taking Lialda should be closely observed for worsening of these symptoms if they are already present from IBD.

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