Asacol for Ulcerative Colitis
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.
Available by prescription only, Asacol® (mesalamine) is a drug used to reduce inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that commonly causes symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain (stomach pain), or rectal bleeding.
Asacol is approved to treat mild-to-moderately active cases of this condition. Not only is this drug used for treatment -- it can also help prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from returning in people who are in remission. Asacol comes in tablet form and is approved for use in people over the age of 17.
(To learn more about treating ulcerative colitis with this medication, click Asacol Uses. This article takes a closer look at how Asacol works and why it is only approved for adults.)