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Asacol is also know by the generic name Mesalazine and can be prescribed to treat bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. Mesalazine can help treat symptoms of ulcerative colitis like diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. Mesalazine is a aminosalicylates that helps reduce swelling in the colon.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Asacol orally three times a day as prescribed by your doctor. This medication 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. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication 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.
Mesalazine 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.
Side effects for Asacol are: mild nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, fever, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, constipation, headache, dizziness, tired feeling, or skin rash.
More serious side effects for Asacol are: severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea.
If any 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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