Mesasal (5-Aminosalicylic Acid)


SmithKline Beecham

5-Aminosalicylic Acid Enteric Coated

Lower Gastrointestinal Anti-inflammatory

Action And Clinical Pharmacology: 5-Aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is considered to be the active component of sulfasalazine. Although its mode of action has not been definitely elucidated, 5-ASA is thought to have a topical anti-inflammatory effect which is produced by inhibition of prostaglandin and/or leukotriene synthesis.

The tablets have an acrylic based resin coating which is specifically designed to release 5-ASA in the terminal ileum and colon. Urinary recovery studies have shown that 35% of the 5-ASA is absorbed. The absorbed 5-ASA is rapidly acetylated and excreted mainly by the kidney.

Detectable plasma levels of 5-ASA were seen 4 hours after a single oral dose of tablets (2´250 mg). Peak plasma levels of 5-ASA and N-acetyl-5-ASA were 1.2 and 1.9 µg/mL, respectively, and occurred 6.5 to 7 hours post-dosing. Mean steady-state plasma levels of 5-ASA and N-acetyl-5-ASA using a 500 mg 3 times a day dosage schedule are 0.7 and 1.2 µg/mL, respectively.

Except for a delay of 1.5 to 3 hours in time to peak of 5-ASA and N-acetyl-5-ASA plasma levels, the pharmacokinetics are essentially the same in fasted and fed subjects.

Indications And Clinical Uses: The management of acute ulcerative colitis and the prevention of relapse of active ulcerative colitis.

Contra-Indications: Hypersensitivity to salicylates; in cases of hemorrhagic diathesis; in patients with existing gastric and duodenal ulcers; in patients with urinary tract obstruction; in children under 2 years of age.

Manufacturers’ Warnings In Clinical States: In cases of severe liver and kidney disorders, caution should be exercised.

Pregnancy and Lactation: 5-ASA should not be prescribed during the last weeks of pregnancy or during lactation. In the first 3 months of pregnancy, treatment is recommended only if potential benefits outweigh the possible risks.

Children: There is limited experience with respect to the use of this drug in children; potential benefits should be weighed against possible risks.

Precautions: Drug Interactions : Caution should be exercised when 5-ASA and sulfonylureas are prescribed concomitantly since the blood-sugar reducing effect of sulfonylureas may be enhanced. Interactions with coumarins, methotrexate, probenecid, sulfinpyrazone, spironolactone, furosemide and rifampicin cannot be excluded.

In long-term therapy, periodic urinalysis should be conducted. Caution should be exercised when therapy is first initiated in patients known to be allergic to sulfasalazine.

Adverse Reactions: In controlled clinical trials in 395 patients who received 5-ASA, the following adverse reactions were reported: headache (3.0%), nausea (2.0%), abdominal pain (1 to 5%) and diarrhea (1.5%). Rash (including pruritus and urticaria) has also been reported. Other adverse effects common to salicylates, such as occasional transitory abnormal liver function tests or hypersensitivity reactions, may be expected to occur rarely. There have been a few spontaneous reports of pancreatitis, acute and chronic interstitial nephritis and pericarditis, associated with 5-ASA therapy.

Symptoms And Treatment Of Overdose: Symptoms and Treatment: There is no specific antidote. Gastric lavage should be employed, followed by promotion of diuresis by the i.v. infusion of an electrolyte solution.

Dosage And Administration: During the acute inflammatory stage and in long-term maintenance therapy, 5-ASA must be taken reliably and consistently by the patient in order to ensure therapeutic success.

Although symptomatic relief may be seen as early as 3 to 21 days, therapy should be continued depending on clinical findings.

The following dosage regimens are recommended: Adults: The tablets should be swallowed whole before meals with plenty of fluid.

For the management of acute ulcerative colitis, 1.5 g to 3 g daily in divided doses.

For prevention of relapses of acute ulcerative colitis, 1.5 g daily in divided doses.

Availability And Storage: Each oval, red-orange enteric coated tablet contains: 5-aminosalicylic acid 500 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium stearate, glycine, iron oxide (red), iron oxide (yellow), methacrylic acid copolymer, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 6 000, povidone, silicon dioxide, sodium carbonate, sodium croscarmellose, talc and titanium dioxide. Mesasal tablets are acrylic coated to prevent release of 5-ASA until the tablets reach the terminal ileum and proximal colon. Polyethylene bottles of 100.

MESASAL™ SmithKline Beecham 5-Aminosalicylic Acid Enteric Coated Lower Gastrointestinal Anti-inflammatory

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