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Asacol (Mesalamine) is used to treat ulcerative colitis (a condition which causes swelling and sores in the lining of the colon [large intestine] and rectum) and also to maintain the improvement of ulcerative colitis symptoms. Mesalamine is in a class of medications called anti-inflammatory agents. It works by stopping the body from producing a certain substance that may cause inflammation. Mesalamine (Generic) is also available in addition to the Brand name Asacol in strengths 400mg and 800mg.
Take Asacol HD exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Q: Why is Asacol prescribed?
A: Asacol affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea.
Q: Does Asacol have a generical alternative?
A: Yes, Mesalamine (Generic) is available for purchase.
Q: Are there any side effects I should be particularly aware of?
A: If you are taking mesalamine delayed-release tablets, you may notice the tablet shell or part of the tablet shell in your stool. Tell your doctor if this happens frequently. See Side Effects section for more.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Asacol?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.