Asamax® 500 is a FULLY FUNDED medication for the treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.What is Asamax?
Asamax (mesalazine) tablets are used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease which cause inflammation of the bowel, bleeding from the rectum, stomach pain and diarrhoea.
The active ingredient in this medicine is mesalazine. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and is thought to suppress the inflammation in the bowel. This medication helps to control your condition, but does not cure it.
Asamax is a prescription only medicine.
How should I take Asamax?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Dosing depends on the disease you are suffering from. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, and continue using your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you, even if you feel well.
It is very IMPORTANT that you follow the directions on your prescription label.
Asamax tablets must be taken whole and must not be divided.
Asamax tablets should be taken after meals with a little water and must not be chewed.
Who can take Asamax?
Asamax can be used in adults and children over the age of two.
Can I take Asamax if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved. Asamax should be used with caution during pregnancy and lactation (breast feeding).
What are the side effects of Asamax?
Asamax helps most people but a few people do experience side effects. All medicines can have side effects. Not all of these side effects may occur, and if they do occur you may need medical attention.
The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain / cramps, headache, dizziness and mood swings.
Stop taking this medicine and check with your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you experience any of these side effects.
How do I start on Asamax?
Asamax is FULLY FUNDED without restriction and therefore you do not need to pay for this medicine. You will need to make an appointment to see your local doctor and discuss whether Asamax is right for you. Doctor fees and a pharmacist charge may apply.
Note: Information on this site is not intended to replace the advice given by your doctor or other health professional
ASAMAX® 500 Tablets (each gastro-resistant tablet contains 500mg mesalazine)
ASAMAX® 500 is a fully funded prescription medicine. Normal doctor’s fees and pharmacy charges will apply.
ASAMAX 500 is used to treat Crohn’s disease affecting the colon and ulcerative colitis, diseases associated with inflammation, ulcers and sores in the bowel causing bleeding, stomach pain and diarrhoea. ASAMAX 500 has benefits and risks. Do not take ASAMAX 500 if you have: an allergy to ASAMAX 500, a severe kidney or liver problem; problems with clotting of your blood or if you tend to bleed easily; a stomach or duodenal ulcer. Do not give ASAMAX 500 to children under 2 years of age. Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to medicines, foods, or dyes; a known allergy to ASAMAX 500, sulfasalazine or aspirin-like medicines; a kidney or liver problem; lung or breathing problems such as asthma. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or you are breastfeeding. ASAMAX 500 may interfere with other medicines: azathioprine, used to supress immune system; mercaptopurine, used to treat leukaemia; sulphonylureas, used to lower blood sugar and treat diabetes(e.g. glibenclamide, glipizide); anticoagulants, used to thin blood or stop blood clots(e.g. warfarin);methotrexate, used to treat arthritis and some forms of cancer; probenecid or sulfinpyrazone, used to treat gout; spironolactone or furosemide,used to increase the amount of urine produced, and to lower blood pressure; rifampicin, used to treat tuberculosis; glucocorticoids, used to treat inflammation, swelling or allergies(e.g. prednisolone). As with any medicine some side effects may occur. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you: headache, diarrhoea, abdominal or stomach pain, nausea(feeling sick),vomiting, mood swings, dizziness. Tell your doctor as soon as you notice the following: bruising easily, unusual bleeding(e.g. nose bleeds) or frequent signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat and mouth ulcers; painful joints, fever, severe upper stomach pain, nausea and vomiting; chest pain, sometimes spreading to the neck and shoulders, or with fever; mild skin rash, hives or itching; yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark coloured urine, tingling or numbness in your hands and/or feet, shortness of breath, muscle pain, worsening of your condition. If you notice any of the following, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital: sudden signs of allergic reactions(rash, itching or hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, or swelling of the limbs, face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat); severe stomach cramps and/or pain, bloody diarrhoea, fever, severe headache and skin rash; rash with severe blisters and bleeding of the eyes, mouth, lips, nose and genitals. Tell your doctor if you notice any other unwanted effects, or if there is a change in your health that you think might be caused by ASAMAX 500. Always use ASAMAX 500 strictly as directed by your doctor. Speak to your doctor to see if ASAMAX 500 is right for you. For further information, consult your doctor. Additional consumer medicine information can be obtained from the Medsafe website
www.medsafe.govt.nz or from Seqirus(NZ) Ltd, Auckland, Freephone 0800 502 757 or
www.seqirus.co.nz. ASAMAX 500 is a registered trademark of Astellas Pharma International. Based on the ASAMAX 500 consumer medicine information May 2014.
For further information, click on the helpful links below.
Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand
Consumer Medicine Information
Medicine Data Sheet
Last Updated: 10-11-2016