Is Delzicol the Same as Asacol?

Healthcare providers prescribe Delzicol® (mesalamine) to treat ulcerative colitis in adults. This medication contains the same active ingredient as another medication called Asacol® 400 mg tablets, which were also used to treat ulcerative colitis but are no longer available. But is Delzicol the same as Asacol?
There are many similarities -- as well as differences -- between these two drugs. Both drugs are manufactured by Warner Chilcott (US), LLC, and they are both used to treat ulcerative colitis. They both contain 400 mg of mesalamine in a delayed-release form. The side effects, effectiveness, and drug interactions are also the same for both drugs.
However, there are also many differences. Delzicol comes as a capsule, while Asacol came in tablet form. Also, there are different inactive ingredients in these two medications. Asacol contained an inactive ingredient called dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a substance which the FDA recommends removing from human drug products. Delzicol does not include DBP.
(Click Delzicol vs. Asacol for more detailed information on the differences and similarities between Asacol and Delzicol. This resource also examines why there was a switch from the tablet form of this drug to a capsule.)
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