Asacol Medication Information
Available by prescription only, Asacol® (mesalamine) is a drug used to treat ulcerative colitis. This medication is not appropriate for everyone; your healthcare provider needs complete information on your medical history and what medicines you are taking before prescribing Asacol.
Although many people do not have any problems while taking it, Asacol can cause side effects, such as belching, sore throat, and abdominal (stomach) pain. If negative reactions do occur, they tend to be minor and easily treated.
Asacol comes in tablet form and is typically taken three times a day. The tablets have a special delayed-release coating. The coating prevents the tablets from dissolving until they reach the end of the small intestine.
(Click Asacol for more information on this medication. This article covers how this prescription drug works, lists additional side effects, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)