How Does Asacol Work?

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.  
Asacol® (mesalamine) is a medication prescribed to treat ulcerative colitis. Many people wonder, "How does Asacol work?"
As part of a group 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 tablet form and is typically taken three times a day. The tablets have a special delayed-release coating, which prevents the tablets from dissolving until they reach the end of the small intestine.
(Click Asacol to learn more about how this drug works. This article provides a complete overview of the medication, including information on its uses, general precautions, and potential side effects.)
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