Maintaining remission of ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Apriso extended-release capsules are a 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA). It works by preventing the production of substances that cause inflammation of the colon.

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  • Apriso
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking mesalamine:

    More common:
    Abdominal or stomach pain (severe)
    bloody diarrhea
    rectal bleeding
    Less common:
    Abdominal or stomach cramps (severe)
    blurred vision
    dizziness
    fever
    full or bloated feeling
    headache (severe)
    nervousness
    pounding in the ears
    pressure in the stomach
    skin rash and itching
    slow or fast heartbeat
    swelling of the abdominal or stomach area
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Rare:
    Anxiety
    back pain (severe)
    blue or pale skin
    chest pain, possibly moving to the left arm, neck, or shoulder
    chills
    nausea or vomiting
    yellow eyes or skin
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with mesalamine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain (mild)
    diarrhea (mild)
    headache (mild)
    runny or stuffy nose
    sneezing
    Less common:
    Acid or sour stomach
    acne
    back or joint pain
    belching
    difficulty with moving
    excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    hair loss or thinning of the hair
    heartburn
    indigestion
    loss of appetite
    muscle pain or stiffness
    passing gas
    stomach discomfort or upset
  • (oral capsule, extended release, rectal enema, rectal suppository, oral delayed release tablet, oral delayed release capsule, compounding powder, rectal kit)