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What is Asacol prescribed for?
Asacol is used to treat and prevent mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine that causes inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. This medication may also be prescribed to reduce the inflammation of the intestines caused by Crohn’s disease.
How does Asacol work?
The medication Asacol contains the active ingredient Mesalamine, which is an anti-inflammatory medicine. Mesalamine works by stopping the body from producing an inflammatory chemical called prostaglandin. Asacol generic is available and it is called Mesalamine. You can buy Asacol or the Mesalamine generic online at My Drug Center.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. This Asacol (Mesalamine) can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Asacol at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis.
Your doctor will tell you how often to take Asacol dosage, depending on your condition and how well your symptoms are controlled. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take your Asacol or Mesalamine dosage exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor, and continue to take it until you finish your prescription even if you are feeling better at the beginning of your treatment.
Swallow Asacol or Mesalamine generic tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them. Be careful not to break the protective coating on the delayed-release tablets.
Asacol (Mesalamine) may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Asacol. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to kidney disease, liver disease, and stomach blockage. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Asacol.
Mesalamine has a similar structure to aspirin and should not be used by adolescents and children if they have been diagnosed with any unknown illnesses, chickenpox, flu, or if they have recently had a vaccine.
Keep this Asacol (Mesalamine) in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat, light, and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Asacol side effects are:
Mild nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, fever, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, constipation, headache, dizziness, tired feeling, or skin rash.
Other serious Asacol side effects are:
Severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea.
If any Asacol or Mesalamine generic side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Asacol?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. This drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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