As recommended in the 2006 Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Clinical Guidelines and American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2010 Guidelines, 5-ASA suppositories are recommended initial treatment for active ulcerative proctitis due to their high efficacy and low side effects.1-2
You should not take CANASA® if you are allergic to mesalamine (5-aminosalicylic acid) or to the suppository vehicle [saturated fatty acid esters (Hard Fat, NF)], or to salicylates (including Aspirin®). Tell your doctor if you are allergic to sulfasalazine, or have had kidney problems, pancreatitis(inflamed pancreas), or pericarditis (inflamed sac around your heart). If you are pregnant, you and your doctor will decide if you should use CANASA®.
Information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your physician(s). Please consider what you learn here a starting point for a conversation with your physician. All care of ulcerative proctitis and related conditions must be guided by the appropriate healthcare professional. CANASA® is a prescription drug; please ask your physician if CANASA® is right for you.
Canasa® is a prescription medication.
Indications and Usage
CANASA® 1000 mg suppositories are indicated for the treatment of active ulcerative proctitis.
You should not use CANASA® if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or to salicylates (including asprin or mesalamine also found in products such as Asacol®, Lialda®, and Rowasa®).
Tell your doctor if you have or have had kidney problems, pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas), pericarditis (inflamed sac around your heart), or if you are pregnant, or allergic to sulfasalazine, foods, preservatives or dyes. You should not breastfeed while using CANASA®. You and your doctor will decide if you should use CANASA®.
As with other products containing mesalamine, less common, but possibly serious side effects include cramps, sharp abdominal (stomach area) pain, bloody diarrhea, and sometimes fever, headache, and rash may occur. In rare cases, patients may experience symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Stop use and tell your doctor right away if you get any of these symptoms. In rare cases, patients using CANASA® develop worsening colitis (pancolitis). The most common side effects of CANASA® reported included: headache, gas or flatulence, and diarrhea.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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