Prescription Drug Information: Mesalamine (Page 3 of 4)

14 CLINICAL STUDIES

Two double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trials of mesalamine suppositories were conducted in North America in adult patients with mildly to moderately active ulcerative proctitis. The regimen in Study 1 was a 500 mg mesalamine suppository administered rectally three times daily and in Study 2 was a 500 mg mesalamine suppository administered rectally twice daily. In both trials, patients had an average extent of proctitis (upper disease boundary) of approximately 10 cm and approximately 80% of patients had multiple prior episodes of proctitis. A total of 173 patients were evaluated (Study 1, N=79; Study 2, N=94), of which 89 patients received mesalamine, and 84 patients received placebo. The mean age of patients was 39 years (range 17 to 73 years), 60% were female, and 97% were white.

The primary measures of efficacy were clinical disease activity index (DAI) and histologic evaluations in both trials. The DAI is a composite index reflecting rectal bleeding, stool frequency, mucosal appearance at endoscopy, and a physician’s global assessment of disease. Patients were evaluated clinically and sigmoidoscopically after 3 and 6 weeks of treatment.

Compared to placebo, mesalamine suppositories were statistically (p<0.01) superior to placebo in both trials with respect to improvement in stool frequency, rectal bleeding, mucosal appearance, disease severity, and overall disease activity after 3 and 6 weeks of treatment. The effectiveness of mesalamine suppositories was statistically significant irrespective of sex, extent of proctitis, duration of current episode, or duration of disease.

An additional multicenter, open-label, randomized, parallel group study in 99 patients diagnosed with mildly to moderately ulcerative proctitis compared 1000 mg mesalamine administered rectally once daily at bedtime (N=35) to 500 mg mesalamine suppository administered rectally twice daily, in the morning and at bedtime (N=46), for 6 weeks.

The primary measures of efficacy included the clinical disease activity index (DAI) and histologic evaluations. Patients were evaluated clinically and sigmoidoscopically at 3 and 6 weeks of treatment.

The efficacy at 6 weeks was not different between the treatment groups. Both were effective in the treatment of ulcerative proctitis and resulted in a significant decrease at 6 weeks in DAI: in the mesalamine 500 mg twice daily group, the mean DAI value decreased from 6.6 to 1.6, and in the 1000 mg at bedtime group, the mean DAI value decreased from 6.2 to 1.3, which represents a decrease of greater than 75% in both groups. After 6 weeks of treatment, a DAI score of less than 3 was achieved in 78% of patients in the mesalamine 500 mg twice daily group and 86% of patients in the mesalamine 1000 mg once daily group. The recommended dosage of mesalamine is 1000 mg administered rectally once daily at bedtime [see Dosage and Administration ( 2)].

16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

Mesalamine 1000 mg suppositories for rectal administration are available as bullet shaped, light tan to grey suppositories containing 1000 mg mesalamine supplied in boxes of 30 individually plastic wrapped suppositories (NDC 59762-0118-3).

Store below 25ºC (77ºF), may be refrigerated. Keep away from direct heat, light or humidity.

17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Advise patients to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information)

Administration [see Dosage and Administration (2)]

Advise patients:

  • Do not cut or break the suppository.
  • Retain the suppository for one to three hours or longer, if possible.
  • Drink an adequate amount of fluids.
  • If a dose of mesalamine is missed, administer as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for next dose. Do not use two mesalamine suppositories at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
  • Mesalamine suppositories will cause staining of direct contact surfaces, including but not limited to fabrics, flooring, painted surfaces, marble, granite, vinyl, and enamel. Keep mesalamine away from these surfaces to prevent staining.

Renal Impairment

  • Inform patients that mesalamine may decrease their renal function, especially if they have known renal impairment or are taking nephrotoxic drugs, including NSAIDs, and periodic monitoring of renal function will be performed while they are on therapy. Advise patients to complete all blood tests ordered by their healthcare provider [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.1), Drug Interactions ( 7.1)].

Mesalamine-Induced Acute Intolerance Syndrome and Other Hypersensitivity Reactions

  • Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions. Instruct patients to stop taking mesalamine and report to their healthcare provider if they experience new or worsening symptoms Acute Intolerance Syndrome (cramping, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache, malaise, conjunctivitis and rash) or other symptoms suggestive of mesalamine-induced hypersensitivity [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.2, 5.3)].

Hepatic Failure

  • Inform patients with known liver disease of the signs and symptoms of worsening liver function and advise them to report to their healthcare provider if they experience such signs or symptoms [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.4)].

Photosensitivity

  • Advise patients with pre-existing skin conditions to avoid sun exposure, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.5)].

Nephrolithiasis

  • Instruct patients to drink an adequate amount of fluids during treatment in order to minimize the risk of kidney stone formation and to contact their healthcare provider if they experience signs or symptoms of a kidney stone (e.g., severe side or back pain, blood in the urine) [ see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.6) ].

Blood Disorders

  • Inform elderly patients and those taking azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine of the risk for blood disorders and the need for periodic monitoring of complete blood cell counts and platelet counts while on therapy. Advise patients to complete all blood tests ordered by their healthcare provider [see Drug Interactions ( 7.2), Use in Specific Populations ( 8.5)].

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PATIENT INFORMATION M esalamine suppositories, for rectal use
What is mesalamine ? Mesalamine is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with active ulcerative proctitis (ulcerative rectal colitis).It is not known if mesalamine is safe and effective in children.
Do not use mesalamine if you are:
  • allergic to medicines that contain salicylates, including aspirin.
  • allergic to mesalamine or any of the ingredients in mesalamine suppositories. See the end of this Patient Information leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in mesalamine suppositories.
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if your medicine is listed above.
Before using mesalamine , tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions, including if you :
  • have a history of allergic reaction to the medicine sulfasalazine (Azulfidine).
  • have kidney problems.
  • have ever had inflammation of the sac around your heart (pericarditis).
  • have liver problems.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if mesalamine can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Mesalamine can pass into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you use mesalamine.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Using mesalamine with certain other medicines may affect each other. Using mesalamine with other medicines can cause serious side effects.Especially tell your doctor if you take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or medicines that contain azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. Taking mesalamine with NSAIDS may cause kidney problems. Taking mesalamine with azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine may cause blood problems. Ask your doctor if you are not sure if you are taking one of these medicines.Your doctor may do certain tests during treatment with mesalamine.Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take mesalamine ?
  • Use mesalamine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will tell you how long to continue using mesalamine.
  • Mesalamine comes as a suppository that you insert into your rectum.
  • Do not cut or break the suppository.
  • Use mesalamine 1 time each day at bedtime, for 3 to 6 weeks. It is not known if mesalamine is safe and effective for use for longer than 6 weeks.
  • After you insert mesalamine in your rectum, try to keep (retain) the suppository in your rectum for 1 to 3 hours or longer if possible.
  • It is important for you to stay well hydrated during treatment with mesalamine. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids while taking mesalamine.
  • If you miss a dose of mesalamine, insert it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Insert the next dose at your regular time. Do not insert 2 doses at the same time.
  • Mesalamine can stain surfaces including clothing and other fabrics, flooring, painted surfaces, marble, granite, vinyl and enamel. Keep mesalamine away from these surfaces to prevent staining.
What are the possible side effects of mesalamine ? M esalamine may cause serious side effects, including:
  • k idney problems. Your doctor will do certain tests before you start using mesalamine and during your treatment with mesalamine.
  • a cute i ntolerance s yndrome and o ther a llergic r eactions . Some people who use mesalamine can have allergic type reactions, including Acute Intolerance Syndrome. Other allergic reactions can cause heart problems including an inflammation of the sac around the heart (pericarditis), blood problems, and problems with other organs in the body including the kidneys, liver and lungs. These problems usually happen in people who have had an allergic reaction to medicines containing sulfasalazine. Stop using mesalamine and tell your doctor right away if you get any of these symptoms:
o cramps o fever
o stomach (abdominal) pain o headache
o bloody diarrhea o rash
o chest pain o shortness of breath
o decrease in the amount of urineo eye inflammation o fatigue
  • l iver problems. This can happen in people who have a history of liver problems and have taken other medicines that contain mesalamine. Tell your doctor right away if you get any of these symptoms while using mesalamine:
o yellowing of your eyes o flu-like symptoms
o itchy skin o nausea or vomiting
o feeling very tired
  • sun sensitivity. Mesalamine can make your skin sensitive to the sun if you have skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and atopic eczema. Try to limit your time in the sun. You should use sunscreen and wear a hat and clothes that cover your skin if you have to be in the sunlight.
  • kidney stones. Drink plenty of fluids when using mesalamine to decrease your chance of getting kidney stones. Call your doctor right away if you get any of these symptoms:
The most common side effects of mesalamine include:
o dizziness o rectal pain
o acne o fever
o inflammation of the large intestine (colitis) o rash
These are not all of the possible side effects of mesalamine. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store mesalamine ?
  • Store mesalamine at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • mesalamine may be refrigerated.
  • Keep mesalamine away from direct heat, light, or humidity.
Keep mesalamine and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of mesalamine . Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use mesalamine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give mesalamine to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about mesalamine that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in mesalamine ? Active ingredients: mesalamineInactive ingredients: hard fat baseDistributed by: Greenstone LLC, Peapack, NJ 07977© 2020 Allergan. All rights reserved. Patented. See www.allergan.com/patents.For more information, go to www.greenstonellc.com or call 1-800-438-1985.

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