(Pentasa®, Salofalk®, Asacol® , Mesalazine)
Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablets- modified release, gastro-resistant
Available as soluble tablets?
Available as a liquid?
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
Available as something for placing on your gum?
Available as granules?
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
Available as an injection?
Available as nasal/oral spray?
Safe or appropriate to crush
For patients with swallowing difficulties consider giving the modified release granules or, according to the summary of product characteristics
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Usual formulation brand names
Pentasa®, Salofalk®, Asacol®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Soluble tablet strength
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
500mg, 1000mg, 1.5g, 3g, 4g,
Transdermal patch strength
Nasal/oral spray Strength
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Are specials or imports available?
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Consider rectally administered formulations as an alternative if appropriate. Rectal foams, enemas and suppositories available