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Brand name: Pentasa

Pentasa is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) mesalazine. On this page you will find out more about Pentasa, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: mesalazine

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Pentasa 1 g/100 mL enema, 7 x 100 mL

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

For the treatment of ulcerative proctosigmoiditis and/or treatment of left-sided ulcerative colitis.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Colourless to slightly yellow suspension
Dosage Form Enema
Route of administration Rectal
Medicine schedule
7 enemas: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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