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User Reviews for Mesalamine to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Also known as: Apriso, Lialda, Pentasa, Asacol, Canasa, Asacol HD, Delzicol, Rowasa, Canasa Pac Zaldyon Rowasa Sulfite Free …show all brand names

Mesalamine has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10 from a total of 10 ratings for the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 70% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 20% reported a negative effect.

Mesalamine Rating Summary

7.3/10 average rating

10 ratings from 11 user reviews.

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Reviews for Mesalamine

PedrosMom · Taken for less than 1 month August 24, 2012

Asacol (mesalamine): “Have had IBD for years, got relief after just 3 doses. The disease has had me housebound for a year because I never knew when I was going to have an accident. Had no control at all. Am hoping this will be the solution and I can have a normal life.”

9 / 10
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Trying to get Relief · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 3, 2018

Apriso (mesalamine): “Apriso worked well to control the inflammation in my stomach and small intestine. However after a few weeks of use, it made my hair fall out. If I liked wigs this would be great. So far nothing else has worked this good.”

9 / 10
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MoreKnowledgableNow · Taken for 10 years or more November 27, 2020

Lialda (mesalamine): “Went through a few frightening episodes of what I thought was lots of blood in urine. Had a ridiculously long and frightful work-up (cultures, cystoscopy with dye under general anesthesia) to rule out infection and cancer. Nothing was ever found. Happened again 2 years later. This time, my husband recommended that we search the medical literature before going down the rabbit hole again. There’s a single report of mesalamine (active ingredient of Lialda) reacting with bleach to form a reddish-brown dye. Upshot: a fresh toilet cleaning bleach tablet had been added to the water closet the day before.”

4 / 10
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Mr. Big February 4, 2020

“I am 64-had a colonoscopy last July for a positive Cologuard test result. No cancer, but, there was a small area of redness the doctor was concerned about. Ordered a CT scan-no def results. After exam, did not have a normal bowel movement-I was perfectly fine before the exam. By late Aug, had serious rectal bleeding, loose stool. Went back in mid-Sept they ordered tests for infection/parasities- were negative. In Nov I reached the worst point, where I was running to the bathroom almost hourly. I started taking probiotics, based on the recommendation of a friend and that helped. By late Dec, started having somewhat solid stool again. I had an appointment with a gastroenterologist at the end of January-at that point I was recovering quite nicely and she prescribed Mesalamine, which I have been taking for two weeks now and I am practically back to normal. I don't know exactly why I began to recover on my own, but, probiotics definitely help and the Mesalamine sealed the deal.”

10 / 10
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Psych11 · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 15, 2015

Pentasa (mesalamine): “This is the first drug I was prescribed after hospitalization and initial diagnosis. It made it possible to get off steroids and back to work. Hair loss was extensive, until I increased water intake and saw a renal dietician. Even though I am allergic to Sulfa drugs, this has been the least risky of the medications prescribed for my condition. My hair has grown back in, and with lifestyle changes I am much better. Long term, this is the only regimen that works for me.”

9 / 10
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Diana February 13, 2019

“I have been taking this since my diagnoses and it is amazing, the pain has subsided. I watch foods that trigger my IBS along with my medication Mesalamine 800 and this has brought quality life back. Thank you...”

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Richard Huntrods · Taken for less than 1 month October 14, 2016

“I was prescribed ASACOL 7 days ago following a colonoscopy showed I had an inflamed colon. Over the week I have become increasingly tired and achy and my movements have become increasingly lose, becoming diarrhoea by day 6. I have been taken off the medicine pending a consultation in 3 days.”

1 / 10
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Fifster920 · Taken for less than 1 month September 25, 2021

“I was on this medicine for about 2 weeks. It wasn't helping so my doc said I could get off it. A few days later I had terrible chest pain and assumed it was an ulcer. It got so bad I went to the ER at 4am and after some blood tests was told it was myocarditis (heart inflammation) which is a more rare side effect of the drug. I had no other side effects so just keep an eye on chest pain and go in if you get it. I was treated and released and totally fine after. Not the end of the world just wish I would have known to watch for that as a side effect.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 25, 2019

Pentasa (mesalamine): “Pentasa was so helpful for IBS It allowed me to get off steroids. I always felt better after taking it. Having to take it only twice a day was very comfortable.”

10 / 10
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Katlady1776 April 9, 2017

Apriso (mesalamine): “Every doc said was IBS but a biopsy showed inflammation without being UC....I'm taking apriso and I'm so happy my life change 100%...keep fingers crossed ”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 10, 2019

Delzicol (mesalamine): “Delzicol works wonderfully!!! Too bad it is so dog-gone expensive and my insurance doesn't want to cover it anymore.”

10 / 10
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