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Asacol HD

Generic name: mesalamine (oral) (pronounced me-SAL-a-meen)
Drug class: 5 aminosalicylates

What is Asacol HD?

Asacol HD affects a substance in the body, which creates inflammation as well as tissue damage and even diarrhoea.Asacol HD delayed-release 800mg tablets are prescribed for treating mildly active ulcerative colitis in adults.


Stop taking Asacol HD and consult your physician immediately if you notice extreme stomach cramps, stomach pain, or bleeding diarrhoea (which may be associated with the appearance of a fever or migraine as well as the appearance of skin lesions).

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't take Asacol HD if you are allergic to mesalamine, aspirin, sulfasalazine, and salicylates (such as Disalcid, Doans Pills, Dolobid Kaopectate, Nuprin Doan's Pills, Pepto-Bismol, Tricosal, Trilisate, and others).

To be sure Asacol HD is safe for you, inform your doctor if you ever suffered from:

  • A kidney stone, or kidney illness
  • Liver disease;
  • A blockage within your stomach or intestines (such as pyloric stasis) as well as
  • A skin condition such as eczema.

Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant. It is unclear if mesalamine can harm an unborn baby. But if you have untreated or uncontrolled ulcerative colitis in pregnancy, it can result in problems such as low birth weight or premature birth. The advantages of treating ulcerative colitis might outweigh the risks for the child.It might not be safe to breastfeed while taking this medication. Speak to your physician regarding potential dangers. If you're nursing, inform your doctor if you observe diarrhoea in the baby who is nursing.Avoid giving this medication to children. Asacol HD is not approved for use by those who are less than 18 years old.

How to take Asacol HD?

Consume Asacol HD precisely as directed by your physician. Follow the directions on the label of your prescription, and make sure you read the entire medication guide or instructions sheet.This medication can alter the outcomes of certain medical tests. Inform any physician who treats you that you're taking Asacol HD.Consume Asacol HD on an empty stomach at least an hour before or 2 hours following eating.Drink plenty of fluids in order to avoid kidney stones.Suck the tablet completely, and don't crush, chew, or tear it. Talk to your physician if you are having difficulty eating your tablet.Inform your doctor if you notice the tablets are not dissolving within your stool.Consult your physician if your ulcerative colitis symptoms don't improve or become worse.This medication can alter the results of some medical tests. Be sure to inform any doctor treating patients that you're using this medication.You might require regular blood tests to monitor your kidney or blood cell function.Place it in a cool, dry place free of heat and moisture.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Ulcerative Colitis:

Tablets with delayed release of 800 mg (orally): 1600 mg 3 times per day
The duration of treatment is 6 weeks.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Do not take the medicine for as long as you can. However, do not take your missed dosage if you are close to the time of the next dose. Don't take two doses at a time.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

If you suffer from an issue with your skin, such as eczema, Asacol HD may make you more prone to sunburn. Avoid tanning beds or sunlight. Be sure to wear protective attire and sunblock (SPF 30 or more) whenever you're outside.

Side effects of Asacol HD

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, Asacol HD: hives or breathing difficulties and swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

Stop taking Asacol HD and call your doctor right away. If you suffer from:

  • Severe stomach pain, stomach cramping, and bloody diarrhoea;
  • Headache, fever, general ill-feeling;
  • Itching, rash, eyes redness;
  • The stool is bloody, tarry, and coughing blood; or it is vomit that resembles coffee grounds.
  • Lower white blood cell count (fever, chills) skin sores, mouth open sores the throat is sore, and i cough. Feeling lightheaded and having trouble breathing.
  • Symptoms of kidney stones: painful pain on your back and sides, often having to go to the bathroom, and smelly urine; dark or cloudy urination;
  • Kidney issues such as increased or decreased urination, weight gain,
  • Liver issues: loss of appetite, stomach pain, tiredness, bleeding or bruising, dark urine, clay-coloured stool, and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).

The low white blood cell count could be more prevalent in people who are older.

The most common asacol hd side effects may be:

  • Burping, constipation, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhoea, gas;
  • Dizziness;
  • Signs of a cold like nasal stuffiness, sneezing, a sore throat,
  • Lower back pain;
  • Headache;
  • It can be a rash
  • Atypical liver test results

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drug

Mesalamine could affect your kidneys, particularly in conjunction with specific medications for osteoporosis, cancer, infections, rejection of organ transplants, intestinal problems, high blood pressure, or arthritis pain (including Advil, Motrin, and Aleve).

Inform your physician of any additional medications you take, particularly:

  • Azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine.

This list isn't comprehensive. Other medications may interfere with mesalamine. This includes medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Some interactions with drugs are not listed here. are listed here.




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