Asacol is commonly prescribed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults. It is thought to work by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lining of the colon. Asacol comes in the form of delayed-release tablets, which do not dissolve until they reach the end of the small intestine. Asacol has the generic name of mesalamine which is a prescription medication that is used to treat ulcerative colitis. Asacol uses are focused primarily on the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults. The medication can also help prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from returning in people who are in remission. Occasionally, healthcare providers may also prescribe Asacol for treating other conditions which is known as using the drug on other uses. Among these potential other Asacol uses is the treatment of Crohn's disease.

How to Use Asacol Tablets

  • Asacol comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth three times daily.
  • It does not matter if you take the medication with or without food. If Asacol bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Asacol tablets are delayed-release and have a special coating. In order to protect the special coating, you should not cut, chew, or crush Asacol tablets.
  • Asacol should be taken at the same times each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.

Cautions before Use Asacol Tablets

  • Asacol may cause a worsening of ulcerative colitis.
  • Asacol may cause kidney damage in some people.
  • Some people notice intact Asacol tablets in their stool. This is not normal and should be reported to your healthcare provider.
  • Asacol may be less effective in people with pyloric stenosis. Pyloris stenosis may delay the release of Asacol into the colon.
  • Asacol may not be safe to be used in pregnancy.

Asacol Tablets Side effects

The Side effects which may arise due to the usage of Asacol are as follows:

  • Muscle pain
  • Increased sweating
  • Worsening ulcerative colitis
  • Acne
  • A cough
  • Arthritis
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Migraine headaches

Asacol Tablets Interactions and Overdose

Asacol may interact with NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, indomethacin, methotrexate.Th patients shouls also discuss with their healthcare provider if they are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicine, herbal preparations or any dietary supplements.

The effects of an Asacol overdose will depend on several factors, including how much Asacol was taken and whether it was taken with other medications. However, no serious effects have been seen in the very few reported cases of people overdosing on Asacol


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