Asacol (5-aminosalicylic acid or mesalamine) belongs to the group of medications known as anti-inflammatories. It is used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis and mild to moderate Crohn’s disease. Asacol (mesalamine) affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea. Asacol is used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis.
We currently have the brand that comes from New Zealand and Turkey and the generic Mesacol from India. It may come from other countries around the world. Asacol is available as suppositories (250 mg, 500 mg) and tablet (delayed release 400 mg, 800 mg, 1200 mg) for oral consumption. Our Canadian Pharmacy also carries Lialda
Stop using Asacol and call your doctor at once if you have:
• Bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
• Chest pain, shortness of breath;
• Fever, headache, skin rash;
• Little or no urinating;
• Nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dare urine, jaundice;
• Severe stomach pain, cramping, bloody diarrhea;
• Swelling, rapid weight gain
Common Asacol side effects may include:
• Diarrhea, constipation;
• Flu symptoms, runny nose;
• Headache, dizziness;
• Joint pain;
• Mild stomach discomfort, gas;
Stop using Asacol and call your doctor at once if you have severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea. To make sure Asacol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have a history of allergy to sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), a stomach condition called pyloric stenosis, heart disease, kidney disease or liver disease. It is not known whether this medication will harm and unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Mesalamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Inform your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby while using this medication. There are medications that interact with mesalamine such as antacids, digoxin, furosemide, lactulose, methotrexate, spironolactone, warfarin, etc.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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