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.
Not everyone with ulcerative colitis will be prescribed the same dosage of Asacol® (mesalamine). Although Asacol tablets come in only one strength (400 mg), the number of tablets you will need to take depends on how severe your symptoms are, whether you are taking any other medications, and whether you have certain other medical conditions.
However, there are some general dosing guidelines for this drug. For example, if you have a mild or moderately active case of ulcerative colitis, you will likely start at 2400 mg of Asacol a day, broken into three doses of 400 mg each. A lower amount may be appropriate if your ulcerative colitis is in remission. As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(For more details on using the 400-mg tablets, click Asacol Dosage. This article takes you through the dosing guidelines for this ulcerative colitis treatment, with helpful tips on getting the most out of each dosage.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Asacol [package insert]. Rockaway, NJ: Warner Chilcott (US), LLC;2013 October.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed July 1, 2013.
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