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How long can rowasa be taken in ulcerative colitis?

i am suffering from ulcerative from 10 years and i am taking rowasa from 6months my age is 42 years i take rowasa1g three times daily
asked Jun 9, 2012 by anonymous
edited Jun 10, 2012 by admin

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Rowasa (a.k.a. mesalamine, mesalazine, 5-ASA) tends to produce somewhat fewer side effects than many other drugs for ulceratinve colitis (e.g. corticosteroids) -- partly because it acts locally and only a fraction of the dose (about 15-30%) is absorbed into the body (the rest comes out with the stool unabsorbed). Still it can have serious side effects, such as kidney damage.

The are many patients whom this drug helps without serious side effects and some stay on it for years. However, ulceratinve colitis is a serious conditions and any drug, including rowasa, has a potential for both short-term and long-term side effect. Hence the patient should be monitored by a doctor and their drug regimen should be periodically re-evaluated and, if necessary, adjusted based on response to the drug (which can change over time), disease progression/regression, side effects and many other factors. In the case of rowasa, it appears that monitoring kidney function is especialy important, so that any possible kidney damage is detected early. Make sure to ask your doctor.
answered Jun 10, 2012 by cassandra (1,840 points)
edited Jun 10, 2012 by cassandra