If you have ulcerative colitis, your healthcare provider may recommend treatment with Asacol® (mesalamine). It belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates. Asacol comes in the form of delayed-release tablets and is generally taken three times a day.
It is thought that Asacol works by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lining of the colon. This drug decreases the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, chemicals that lead to the inflammation that is characteristic of ulcerative colitis.
(For more details on how this drug is classified, click Asacol Uses. This article also discusses topics such as who can take Asacol, "off-label" uses, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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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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