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Asacol

Medicine Information

Asacol Pronounced as (a'' sa col)

Active Ingredient: Mesalamine

  • Why is this medication prescribed?

Mesalamine is a prime medicine which is prescribed for curing ulcerative colitis (a disorder that occurs in the lining between large intestine (or colon) and rectum, and is seen in the form of sores and swelling). The medicine is also advised for betterment of ulcerative colitis symptoms.

  • How should this medicine be used?

Mesalamine is that kind of medicine which as a tablet shows delayed-release (which means its medicinal impact is displayed by the release of treatment in the exactly required part of intestine), and as a capsule shows controlled-release (which means the medication is released in entire digestive system). Another identity of Mesalamine is of an orally consumed capsule which shows extended-release or long-acting effect.

Patients are advised to swallow Mesalamine delayed-release capsules and delayed-release tablets; they should refrain from crushing, chewing or slitting the tablets or capsules. Also, they should keep the protective coating of delayed-release tablets intact.

  • What should I do if I forget a dose?

In case you forget a dose of Mesalamine, you should take it whenever you recall. But if the delay is more and the time for next dose is close, skip it and catch up with the schedule. Never take double dose of Mesalamine just because you missed the previous one.

  • What side effects can this medication cause?

Mesalamine may show some side-effects and it is good to consult the doctor in case the symptoms like Vomit, Muscular pains, stiffness, aching, heartburn, back-ache, repeated burps, persist.

  • Precautions:

As precautions, you should inform doctor about your allergies if any, in view of balsalazide (Colazal, Giazo); olsalazine (Dipentum); salicylate pain comforter like aspirin, choline magnesium trisalicylate, diflunisal, magnesium salicylate (Doan's, others); sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), or any other constituents existing in Mesalamine.

  1. Drug Name

    Prescription Required

    Salt Name

    Action

  1. GENERIC EQUIVALENT TO ASACOL 1.2g

    Yes

    Mesalamine

  2. GENERIC EQUIVALENT TO ASACOL 400mg

    Yes

    Mesalamine

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