Asacol is used for treatment of Treating and causing remission of various forms of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How Taken Use
Asacol as directed by your doctor. To avoid stomach upset take Asacol with a meal or a glass of milk. Swallow whole. Do not break, crush, or chew tablets.
Before taking Asacol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Asacol, if you have had a stroke, bleeding in the brain, or an aneurysm, have liver or kidney problems, certain stomach problems (pyloric stenosis), Kawasaki syndrome, the flu, chickenpox, or a rheumatic (inflammatory) disease (eg, rheumatoid arthritis), if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Asacol during pregnancy. Asacol is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast–feeding while using Asacol, contact your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. Some medicines may interact with Asacol. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Do not use Asacol if you are younger than 18 years of age, or if you are taking probenecid or sulfinpyrazone. Asacol may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Asacol. Use sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period. Intact or partially intact tablets may be seen in the stool. If this occurs repeatedly, contact your doctor. Asacol contains aspirin, which has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not give Asacol to children or teenagers during or after chickenpox, flu, or other viral infections without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of Asacol and might require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment. Use Asacol with extreme caution in children. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are– Acne, back or joint pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, general feeling of being unwell, hair loss, headache, heartburn, increased sensitivity to sunlight, loss of appetite, mild abdominal discomfort or pain, nausea, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, vomiting. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately– llergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), bloody diarrhea, bloody or coffee ground–like vomit, dark urine, decreased or increased urination, eye redness or discharge, fever, chills, or sore throat, mental or mood changes, severe cramping, severe headache, severe or sudden stomach pain, shortness of breath, unusual bruising or bleeding, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Store Asacol at 68 – 77 °F (20 – 25 °C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Asacol out of the reach of children.
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Asacol overdose are– confusion, dehydration, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, fever, headache, quick and short breathing, ringing in the ears, sweating, vomiting.
Asacol may cause dizziness. These effects may worsen if Asacol is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Asacol with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Asacol should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
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