MESALAMINE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • abnormal liver function tests

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • throat irritation
  • inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses
  • headache
  • cough
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • gas
  • burping
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • anemia

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • pink eye
  • dry mouth
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • indigestion
  • constipation
  • hair loss
  • backache
  • muscle pain
  • dizziness
  • pain
  • fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms or hands
  • low energy and weakness
  • generalized weakness
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a type of joint disorder due to excess uric acid in the blood called gout
  • low blood counts due to bone marrow failure
  • decreased blood platelets
  • very low levels of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • increased eosinophils in the blood
  • inflammation of the spinal cord
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • inflammation of the covering of the heart or pericardium
  • fluid in the covering of the heart or pericardium
  • inflammation of the middle tissue heart muscle
  • worsening asthma
  • inflammation in the lungs due to an allergic reaction
  • pleuritis, a condition where the covering of the lung becomes inflamed
  • pneumonia with high amount of eosinophil white blood cells
  • blood coming from anus
  • liver failure
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • inflammation of the gallbladder
  • a blockage of the bile duct that resulting in high bilirubin levels
  • acute inflammation of the pancreas
  • bleeding of the stomach or intestines
  • a type of kidney inflammation called interstitial nephritis
  • kidney stones
  • decreased kidney function
  • pyoderma gangrenosum, a condition where large painful skin sores form
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • erythema nodosum, a skin condition with red and painful nodules
  • a condition with symptoms that resemble lupus
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • inflammation of the liver with stoppage of bile flow
  • high pressure within the skull
  • diabetes insipidus with kidney complications
  • a rupture in the wall of the stomach or intestine
  • a yellowing of the eyes or skin from buildup of bilirubin called jaundice
  • a type of significant allergic skin reaction called DRESS syndrome

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • confusion
  • a painful condition that affects the nerves in the legs and arms called peripheral neuropathy
  • eye pain
  • ringing in the ears
  • an earache
  • low blood pressure
  • a sore throat
  • a stuffy and runny nose
  • kidney failure
  • inflammation of the epididymis of the testicles
  • low sperm count
  • abnormally long or heavy periods
  • itching
  • acne
  • joint pain
  • neck pain
  • cramps
  • drowsiness
  • sensation of spinning or whirling
  • fever
  • low energy
  • flu-like symptoms
  • excessive sweating
  • muscle tremors
  • visible water retention
  • puffy face from water retention
  • decreased appetite
  • increased hunger
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • ineffective painful straining of stool or urine
  • difficult or painful urination
  • abdominal bloating
  • fast heartbeat

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