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Description

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.

Directions

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.

Cautions

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).

Side Effects

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.

FAQs

What is Mesalamine?

Asacol is a medication that is used to treat a certain bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis. When taken this medication helps to reduce any of the symptoms such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding and stomach pain.  And it is put to work by decreasing the swelling in the colon. This medication comes in two strengths which are 400mg and 800mg. It is also known as Asacol MR on an international level. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.     

 

What are the side effects of Asacol?

Some of the more common side effects of this medication are listed as follows; Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain, acne, back pain, blood pressure changes, mild diarrhea, hair loss, mild headaches, gas, increased urge to have a bowel movement, irritation in rectal area, nausea, tiredness, vomiting. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.

 

Why is Mesalamine so expensive?

Medicare usually places Asacol on its Tier 1 of its formulary. Tier 1 medications are usually inexpensive generics. However you say still find a more affordable offer on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $59.00 for 100 pills.

 

How long does it take for Mesalamine to work?

The benefits for this medication may not be evident for at least 4 weeks. However, do keep in mind this does vary from one person to the other. If it does take any longer than 4 weeks, at this point it is then best perhaps to consult your doctor.