What is Rowasa?

Mesalazine (INN, BAN), also known as mesalamine (USAN) or 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA), is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis and mild-to-moderate Crohn's disease. Mesalazine is a bowel-specific aminosalicylate drug that acts locally in the gut and has its predominant actions there, thereby having few systemic side effects.

As a derivative of salicylic acid, mesalazine is also thought to be an antioxidant that traps free radicals, which are potentially damaging byproducts of metabolism.

Mesalazine is the active moiety of sulfasalazine, which is metabolized to sulfapyridine and mesalazine.

Mesalazine is the active component of the prodrug balsalazide along with the inert carrier molecule 4-aminobenzoyl-beta-alanine.

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I am currently taking canasa suppositories but the cost has gone up to 706.49 a prescription. Is this Rowasa the same and is available in the U.S....

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My friend (Female,Unmarried) is suffering from Ulcerative Colitis from last 3 years. She is taking Rowasa XXXXXXX daily as per doctor advice and...

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Rowasa contain mesalamine which is known to be effective against ulcerative colitis. The most common side...

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I am a patient aged 61 years had severe colonial ulcer from last two years and advised to take mesalamine pellets(rowasa 1 grm) medicine

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It means you have a little bit too much fat stored in the liver (like 25% of all Americans) and a slightly enlarged prostate, which is not too...

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