Benefits of Asacol

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.  
If you have ulcerative colitis, you may benefit from Asacol® (mesalamine). As a type of aminosalicylate, Asacol works by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lining of the colon. As a result, the medication decreases the production of certain chemicals that lead to the inflammation of ulcerative colitis.
The tablets have a special delayed-release coating. The coating prevents the tablets from dissolving until they reach the end of the small intestine.
According to clinical studies, Asacol benefits included reduced bleeding and diarrhea. This medication was also shown to help prevent ulcerative colitis symptoms from returning.
One particular study looked at the drug's effects on male infertility. Sulfasalazine (a similar medication for ulcerative colitis) often causes male infertility. In this small study, men who developed infertility while taking sulfasalazine were switched to Asacol. All men showed improved sperm count, and eight out of nine men showed improved sperm motility.
(Click Asacol to learn more about this drug's benefits. This article also looks at how Asacol works, who can take it, potential side effects, and what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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