Asacol and/or Equivalents
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Buying Asacol Online
Asacol is a medication that is prescribed for treating ulcerative colitis and mild-to-moderate Crohns disease. The active ingredient, in Asacol is mesalamine or 5-aminosalicylic acid. Although taking Asacol will not cure ulcerative colitis, however with proper use it can help reduce some symptoms. These symptoms may include diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum and stomach pain caused from the swelling and irritation in the digestive tract. It is thought that Asacol helps keep the body from producing natural chemicals needed to cause swelling and pain in the intestines. Other brand names mesalamine is marketed under are: Pentasa, Lialda and Apriso.
Conditions Treated By Asacol
Asacol contains the active ingredient mesalamine which can also be known as 5-aminosalicylate acid and is used to reduce inflammation of the large intestine. This condition is known an ulcerative colitis. Asacol (mesalamine) is a drug that works locally, which is pre-dominantly in the bowel hence it has less systemic side effects associated. This anti-inflammatory drug is formulated in various forms for a variety of delivery methods. Asacol comes in tablets or granules for oral consumption while there are suppositories also available.
Asacol Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
Since Asacol is formulated in multiple forms the dosage is based on the type of formulation. The actual dosage of prescribed Asacol for each patient will vary depending upon how severe the patient’s condition is. The doctor will also review the patient’s other medical conditions and any medications being taken. Along with broader factors such as age, gender and other conditions, the ideal dosage is determined for the patient. With diminished inflammation over time, the dosage can be reduced. It is very important that the Asacol tablet is not chewed as it has a special coating that delayes release in to the digestive system. Simply swallowing Asacol with water is the best way to take the medication.
b.) Missing a Dose
The common dosage for Asacol is one tablet three times a day. It is not uncommon to miss taking a dose. Many people miss doses when there is a change in routine or they are travelling. It is not a problem if you miss a dose. Just take the missed dose of Asacol as soon as you remember it. Don’t take an extra dose to compensate as this could have other unwanted effects. Usually Asacol can be taken without food but some patients prefer to take it with food. Taking Asacol regularly is important it is also recommended that you take it at more or less the same time each day. This can be done if you structure taking your medication along with meal times or other routine events in your day.
There are few cases reported of overdosing with Asacol. However animal studies reveal that an over dosage could have many adverse effects on the kidnies, although not fatal it may be serious. The treatment for over dosage will vary so it is best to contact a medical expert as soon as possible.
Asacol needs to be taken with expert advice in the form and dosage recommended. Likewise Asacol must never be stopped without due consultation with your prescribing health care provider. If there are any side effects or any doubts, it is best to have them clarified before taking any action.
When Asacol is taken at the same time each day, it will help maintain the medicine in then body at even levels. It is important that people who suffer from heart disease, diabetes or any kidney related disease take extra precautions and seek guidance before taking Asacol.
In addition, women who are pregnant must inform the doctor before taking Asacol as it is advisable to be very cautious when taking any medicines during pregnancy so that there is no risk to the baby. Also nursing mothers should note that Asacol does pass into breast milk and the effects of the medicine in breast milk are not known. So let your prescribing health care provider know as soon as possible is the best thing to do. Report all known and any changes in your medical condition before and while taking Asacol.
Asacol Side Effects
The most important thing to know is that all Asacol side effects are a possibility as with any medicine and these can affect patients differently. Not everyone will experience all the side effects mentioned. Following are some of the side effects associated with Asacol:
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Dizziness or headaches
- Kidney problems
- Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
- Pain in the muscles or joints
- Allergic skin rashes
- Worsening of colitis symptoms
- Decreases in the normal numbers of blood cells in the blood
Again, just because a symptom is mentioned here, it is not necessary that the patient will experience any of these side effects.
Possible Drug Interactions With Asacol
Asacol does not interact with any other medications. However, those patients who experience unpleasant reactions or intolerance to Azulfidine (sulfasalazine) could possibly show sensitivity to Asacol. It is advisable to inform the doctor about any medications (including herbal) that you are taking so that the appropriate decision can be made.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.