Asacol Mesalamine and/or alternatives
Asacol delayed-release tablets are prescribed to relieve ulcerative colitis patients of its symptoms like rectal bleeding, diarrhea and stomach pain. The active ingredient present in Asacol- mesalamine is also effective in the treatment of proctitis and proctosigmoiditis. Mesalamine is an anti-inflammatory drug, and though its mechanism of action is unknown, it is believed to act topically in the colon. The generic name of Asacol is Mesalamine.
Indications & Dosage of Asacol
The recommended dosage of Asacol in adults to treat moderately active ulcerative colitis is two 400mg delayed-release tablets three times daily or a daily total of 2.4 g for 6 weeks.
To remit the recurrence of ulcerative colitis, patients who buy Asacol may divide the doses to take a total of 1.6 gms daily.
The medicine should be swallowed whole with water (cutting, crushing, breaking or chewing the medicine will hamper its delayed-release potential and render it ineffective) and may be taken with or without food. It is best to have Asacol at the same time every day.
Side Effects & Interactions of Asacol
The drug should not be taken by patients who are allergic to aspirin or sulfasalazine. Severe allergic reactions like hives, rashes, chest pain, breathing trouble, swelling of facial parts, etc. can be experienced if the patient is allergic to any constituent of the drug. In case such effects occur, emergency help from a specialist should be sought.
There are some serious side effects of Asacol. The severity and extent vary between individuals and it is necessary to inform a doctor if any such effects manifest. Some of them are:
- Severe headache, nausea
- Bloody diarrhea
- Swelling of the stomach
- Stomach cramps
- Yellow eyes or skin, pale or blue skin
The above list does not contain all the possible severe effects. There may be other rare effects of Asacol. Some of the minor side effects of Asacol are:
- Back ache
- Acne or blistering
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Indigestion, constipation or gas formation
- Loss of hair
Asacol interacts with a large number of drugs. The doctor should always be informed about current medications of the patient. Chicken pox vaccinations, cancer medications, antibiotics, antiviral medicines, pentamidine, azathioprine and amphotericin B are some of the drugs which may affect the functioning of Asacol.
Warnings & Precautions of Asacol
Patients who have a history of diseases related to the kidney or dysfunctional kidneys should exercise caution before they buy Asacol. The drug may also be contraindicated in patients suffering from pyloric stenosis, diabetes or disturbances in liver function. Proper doctor’s guidance is required before administering Asacol in patients with a history of heart problems like congestive heart failure. Asacol is a pregnancy category C drug, so women should always consult a physician before using this medicine. Mesalamine is known to pass into breast milk and as such, it can potentially harm the child. The doctor needs to be aware of all the medical conditions of the patient.
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