PENTASA PROLONGED RELEASE GRANULES 4G/SACHET

Mesalazine

Source of information: Drugbank (External Link). Last updated on: 3rd July 18
*Trade Name used in the content below may not be the same as the HSA-registered product.

Active Ingredient / Synonyms

3-carboxy-4-hydroxyaniline | 5-aminosalicylic acid | 5-ASA | m-Aminosalicylic acid | Mesalamine | Mesalazina | Mésalazine | Mesalazinum | p-Aminosalicylsaeure | Mesalazine |

Description

An anti-inflammatory agent, structurally related to the salicylates, which is active in inflammatory bowel disease. It is considered to be the active moiety of sulphasalazine. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed)

Indication

For the treatment of active ulcerative proctitis.

Mechanism of Action

Although the mechanism of action of mesalazine is not fully understood, it appears to be topical rather than systemic. Mucosal production of arachidonic acid metabolites, both through the cyclooxygenase pathways, i.e., prostanoids, and through the lipoxygenase pathways, i.e., leukotrienes and hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids, is increased in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease, and it is possible that mesalazine diminishes inflammation by blocking cyclooxygenase and inhibiting prostaglandin production in the colon.

Pharmacodynamics

Mesalazine (INN, BAN), also known as Mesalamine (USAN) or 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA), is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat inflammation of the digestive tract (Crohn's disease) and mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. Mesalazine is a bowel-specific aminosalicylate drug that is metabolized in the gut and has its predominant actions there, thereby having fewer systemic side effects. As a derivative of salicylic acid, 5-ASA is also an antioxidant that traps free radicals, which are potentially damaging by-products of metabolism.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption:

20 to 30% absorbed following oral administration. 10 to 35% absorbed from the colon (rectal suppository) - extent of absorption is determined by the length of time the drug is retained in the colon.

Distribution:

Not Available

Metabolism:

Rapidly and extensively metabolized, mainly to N-acetyl-5-ASA (Ac-5-ASA) in the intestinal mucosal wall and the liver. Ac-5-ASA is further acetylated (deactivated) in at least 2 sites, the colonic epithelium and the liver.

Elimination:

Approximately 28% of the mesalamine in Asacol tablets is absorbed after oral ingestion, leaving the remainder available for topical action and excretion in the feces. It is excreted mainly by the kidney as N-acetyl-5-aminosalicylic acid.

Half-life

The mean elimination half-life was 5 hours for 5-ASA and six hours for N-acetyl-5-ASA following the initial dose. At steady state, the mean elimination half-life was seven hours for both 5-ASA and N-acetyl-5-ASA.

Clearance

Not Available

Toxicity

Oral, mouse: LD50 = 3370 mg/kg; Oral, rat: LD50 = 2800 mg/kg; Skin, rabbit: LD50 = >5 gm/kg. There have been no documented reports of serious toxicity in man resulting from massive overdosing with mesalamine. Under ordinary circumstances, mesalazine absorption from the colon is limited.

References

  1. Health Science Authority of Singapore - Reclassified POM
  2. Drugbank

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Approval Information

PENTASA PROLONGED RELEASE GRANULES 4G/SACHET was registered with Health Science Authority of Singapore by FERRING PHARMACEUTICALS PTE LTD. It is marketed with the registration number of SIN15614P with effective from 2019-01-18.

This product contains 4000 mg of Mesalazine in the form of GRANULE, DELAYED RELEASE.

The medicine was manufactured by Ferring International Center SA in SWITZERLAND

It is a Presciption Only Medicine which can only be obtained from a doctor or a dentist, or from a pharmacist with a prescription from a Singapore-registered doctor or dentist.

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