Compare Apriso vs. Colazal

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Maintains remission of ulcerative colitis

Apriso (mesalamine) is an effective medication for maintaining remission of ulcerative colitis that's generally well tolerated, but commonly causes headache.

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Upsides
  • Apriso (mesalamine) is only available as a tablet, however, mesalamine is available in different forms, including tablets, capsules, enemas, and suppositories.
  • Certain forms of Apriso (mesalamine) can be used during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you're pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant, and you have bowel inflammation.
  • It is a good option even if you have kidney or liver disease.
  • Since Apriso (mesalamine) is an extended release form, the pill is taken only once a day compared to other similar medicines and can be less irritating to the stomach and intestines.
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Downsides
  • Although you only have to take it once in the morning, you may need to take 4 capsules.
  • Apriso (mesalamine) is not available as a cheaper, generic form.
  • Should only be used if you're 18 or older.
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Used for
  • Ulcerative colitis (Mild to Moderate)
  • Active
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Remission maintenance
Dosage forms
  • Extended-release pill
  • Pill
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Headache
    11%
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Upper stomach pain
    5%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
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The Colazal (Balsalazide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Liver problems
    • Preexisting liver problems
    • Taking other medications toxic to the liver
  • Kidney problems
    • Preexisting kidney problems
    • Taking medications toxic to the kidney
  • Build up of phenylalanine in the body
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Sulfasalazine reaction
  • Acute intolerance syndrome
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