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Asacol
(Mesalamine)

Formulation : DR Tablet (Enteric Coated)

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Mesalamine
(Generic alternative to Asacol)

Formulation : Delayed Release Tablet

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What is Asacol /Mesalamine used for?

Asacol is a medication used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis.  Asacol can also be used to prevent symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Asacol affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea.

How should Asacol /Mesalamine be stored?

Store Asacol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.  Keep medication away from children and pets

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Asacol/Mesalamine ?

Take Asacol exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take more of this medication, or for longer than recommended by your doctor.  Take Asacol with a full glass of water.  Asacol can usually be taken with or without food.  Do not break, crush, or chew an Asacol tablet.  Swallow the tablet whole.  The tablet has a special coating that protects your stomach. Asacol is formulated to dissolve in your intestines.  Breaking the pill could damage this coating and affect your stomach.  Call your doctor if you find undissolved tablets in your stools. If you miss a dose of Asacol, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.

When should Asacol /Mesalamine not be taken?

Do not use Asacoll if you are allergic to mesalamine or aspirin or other salicylates.  Stop using Acasol and inform your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache and bloody diarrhea. 

What precautions should I follow when taking Asacol /Mesalamine ?

Before using Asacol, tell your doctor if you have a history of a stomach condition called pyloric stenosis, a history of an allergy to sulfasalazine, a heart condition, kidney disease, or liver disease.  Before taking Asacol, tell your doctor about any prescription, non prescription, supplements, or herbal medicines that you are taking

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Asacol /Mesalamine ?

This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby.  Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Acasol.  Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.  The medicine in Asacol may pass through breast milk.  Be sure to follow your doctors instructions about using Asacol, and take any food or beverage restrictions seriously while using this medication.

When should Asacol /Mesalamine not be taken?

Seek emergency help if you are experiencing any signs of allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.  Serious side effects include: severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea.

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