Some general considerations for when and how to take Asacol include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth two or three times daily.
- You can take the medicine with or without food. If Asacol bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- The tablets are delayed-release and have a special coating. In order to protect this coating, you should not cut, chew, or crush the tablets.
- Asacol should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Asacol will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Asacol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your condition
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Asacol Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Asacol. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- A sore throat.
(Click Asacol Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects by clicking the following eMedTV links: