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Asacol (Mesalamine (5ASA))

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Asacol (Discontinued)400 mg
Asacol (Discontinued)800 mg

Generic Equivalent of Asacol

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Mesalamine (5ASA)400 mg
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Is A Prescription Required To have Asacol?

A Prescription is required to purchase Asacol from licensed online Canadian pharmacies.

What Is The Drug Asacol Used For?

The medication Asacol is used for the treatment of moderately active ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is gastrointestinal disease which involves chronic inflammation of the inner lining of colon and rectum.

How Does Asacol Work in the Body?

Asacol contains mesalamine which reduces inflammation at the sight where the medication is needed. Mesalamine helps to reduce the symptoms of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding and stomach pain. It also decreases swelling in colon.

What is the generic form of Asacol?

The generic form of Asacol is mesalamine and is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

How Is Asacol Supplied and Stored?

Asacol is manufactured by Actavis and is available in the dosage forms of 400 mg and 800 mg in bottles of 180 tablets each.

The generic version of Asacol (mesalamine) is available 400 mg dosage in packaging of 500 tablets.

The medication should be stored at a temperature between 15°C and 30°C. It should be kept out of sight and reach of children.

What Is the Cost of Asacol?

Our verified online pharmacy is pleased to offer you the Asacol 400 mg at an unbeatable price of $185 for a supply of 180 tablets, which is $1.03 per unit. The generic form of Asacol (mesalamine) is available at a price of $249 for a supply of 500 tablets, which is $0.50 per unit. It is best to compare the prices of drugs online at edrugsearch or Pharmacychecker.Com.

What Kind Of Drug Is Mesalamine?

Mesalamine belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates. It is also known as 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA).

Can Asacol Make You Gain Weight?

Asacol does not lead to weight gain. It makes you feel well enough for proper food intake.

How Long Does It Take For Asacol To Take Effect?

The medication Asacol starts to work within a few days of the beginning of treatment. However, the primary treatment lasts for about six weeks. Some patients might experience decrease in symptoms after three weeks. You might have to take Asacol for six months to prevent recurrence of ulcerative colitis. However, the decision on how long you should take the medication will be made by your doctor, as your doctor knows your condition the best.

How Should You Take Asacol?

The usual dose of Asacol for the treatment of ulcerative colitis is 2 to 8 Asacol tablets daily, in divided doses. You should take Asacol exactly as prescribed by your health care professional. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not change the dose without consulting your doctor first.

Do You Need To Take Asacol With Food?

The medication can be taken with or without food. If you have any questions about your medication, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Can Mesalamine Be Crushed?

Do not break, crush or chew the mealamine tablet as this can break the special outer covering of the tablet. Swallow the tablet as a whole.

Can I Just Stop Taking Asacol?

Ulcerative colitis rarely disappears completely. Abrupt stopping of Asacol is not recommended as it can trigger the symptoms of the disease to appear again. Follow your doctor’s instructions closely on taking Asacol in order to prevent the symptoms from reappearing.

How is Asacol Metabolized in Body?

The drug is metabolized in liver into a major metabolite known as N-acetyl-5-aminosalicylic acid. Mesalamina and its metabolite both have a half-life of 12 to 19 hours respectively.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Asacol?

Asacol is generally well-tolerated but can cause side effects in some patients. Most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, pain in the abdomen and headache. Other reported reactions with Asacol are worsening of ulcerative colitis, abnormal liver function tests and rashes. If you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Asacol, immediately inform your doctor:
  • Worsening of ulcerative colitis
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Difficulty in breathing
Some of the rare side effects of Asacol include allergic reactions with symptoms of itching, rash, swelling of face or hands, tightness in chest, trouble breathing, kidney problems with symptoms such as change in urine output, cloudy or tea colored urine, blood in urine, weight gain (from retaining fluid), confusion, swelling of eyes, hands, legs and feet. Other less specific side effects include drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, rash, persistent itching and back pain.

When Should You Not Take Asacol?

Do not take Asacol if you:
  • Are allergic to mesalamine or any other ingredients in Asacol
  • Have a history of sensitivity to salicylates, such as acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin)
  • Have severe liver problems
  • Have severe kidney problems
  • Have stomach or intestinal ulcers
  • Have urinary tract obstruction
  • Are not able to swallow the intact tablet
  • If the patient is an infant under 2 years of age

What Should You Tell Your Doctor Before taking Asacol?

Before you start taking Asacol, be sure to tell your doctor if you:
  • Have liver or kidney problems
  • Have pyloric stenosis (narrowing of the outlet from stomach that causes the contents of the stomach to remain there for a longer period of time). Pyloric stenosis may keep Asacol tablet from reaching the colon as quickly as it normally would
  • Are pregnant or become pregnant or are breast-feeding. Small amounts of mesalamine have been found in the human breast milk. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) an inactive ingredient in the enteric coating of Asacol tablet, and its primary metabolite mono-butyl phthalate (MBP) are also excreted into human milk. Caution should be taken when using Asacol while you are nursing. Discuss with your doctor.

What Medicines Can Interact With Asacol?

It is important to tell your health care professional about all other medicines that you have taken recently including any kind of supplements and non-prescription drugs. Some medicines can change the effects of Asacol or other Asacol can change the effects of other medicines. Asacol should not be taken with drugs that change the acidity level of the stool, such as lactulose.

Where Can I Buy Asacol Online?

If prescribed by your health care professional, Asacol can be bought directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy. You will not have to wait to start your therapy due to the swift shipping service provided by us.

How Is Asacol Delivered?

The standard delivery fee is $10.00. The orders are usually shipped in 2-3 working days after the processing of the order. The medication package is delivered by regular mail within 10-14 business days after it has been shipped.

For further information and aid, you can contact our Customer Service at 1877-240-4438 or email us at customerservice@canadawidepharmacy.com

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