Asacol (Mesalamine) Drug Information

Asacol® (mesalamine) is a medicine used to reduce inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. It is available by prescription and is approved only for adults.
In 2013, Asacol 400 mg tablets were removed from the market and replaced with Delzicol 400 mg capsules. Please see Delzicol for up-to-date information.  
As part of a class of medications called aminosalicylates, Asacol works by inhibiting the production of certain chemicals in the lining of the colon (prostaglandins and leukotrienes) that lead to the inflammation of ulcerative colitis. Asacol comes in the form of a delayed-release tablet and is typically taken three times a day.
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking Asacol, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have kidney disease or any allergies.
(Click Asacol for more information on this drug. Topics discussed in this full-length article include dosing guidelines, other potential side effects, and whether you can buy it as generic mesalamine.)
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