Generic name: Aminosalicylic Acid (a mee noe sal i SIL ik AS id)
Brand name: Paser
Drug class: Aminosalicylates
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 30, 2020.
Uses of Aminosalicylic Acid:
- It is used to treat TB (tuberculosis).
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Aminosalicylic Acid?
- If you have an allergy to aminosalicylic acid or any other part of aminosalicylic acid.
- If you are allergic to aminosalicylic acid; any part of aminosalicylic acid; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have kidney disease.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with aminosalicylic acid.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take aminosalicylic acid with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Aminosalicylic Acid?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take aminosalicylic acid. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take aminosalicylic acid.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
- Do not give to children and teenagers who have or are getting better from flu signs, chickenpox, or other viral infections due to the chance of Reye's syndrome. Reye's syndrome causes very bad problems to the brain and liver.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using aminosalicylic acid while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Aminosalicylic Acid) best taken?
Use aminosalicylic acid as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Mix in fruit punch or apple, cranberry, grape, grapefruit, orange, or tomato juice and drink.
- Granules may be sprinkled on applesauce or yogurt. Do not chew.
- Do not use if packet is swollen or granules are dark brown or purple.
- Keep taking aminosalicylic acid as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Signs of low blood sugar like dizziness, headache, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Feeling confused.
- Fever or chills.
- Skin irritation.
- Not hungry.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Severe diarrhea.
- Shortness of breath.
- A big weight loss.
- Night sweats.
- Swollen gland.
- Sore throat.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Change in eyesight.
What are some other side effects of Aminosalicylic Acid?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Belly pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- You may see parts of aminosalicylic acid in your stool. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Aminosalicylic Acid?
- Store in a refrigerator or freezer. This medicine may be stored at room temperature for short periods of time.
- Protect from heat.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about aminosalicylic acid, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
More about aminosalicylic acid
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Drug class: aminosalicylates
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