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Asacol

What is Asacol

The exact way that Asacol works is unknown, but it is believed to reduce the actions of a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea.

Asacol is used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis. Asacol is also used to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from recurring.

Asacol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Asacol

Do not crush, break, or chew the tablets or capsules. Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to release the medication after they have passed through your stomach.

Notify your doctor if you repeatedly find undissolved tablets in your stool.

What you should find out before taking Asacol

Tell your doctor if you have any type of kidney disease. You may require a lower dose or special monitoring during your therapy with Asacol.

Asacol is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not take Asacol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Asacol passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take Asacol without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Asacol

Take Asacol exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Asacol can be taken with or without food.

Do not crush, break, or chew the tablets or capsules. Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to release the medication after they have passed through your stomach.

Notify your doctor if you repeatedly find undissolved tablets in your stool.

Try to empty your bowel just before using a rectal form of mesalamine.

Insert the suppositories rectally. Remove the foil wrapper and insert a suppository into the rectum, pointed end first. Avoid excessive handling of the suppository, because it is designed to melt at body temperature. Retain the suppository for one to three hours, or longer, if possible to get the maximum benefit from this medication.

Shake the rectal suspension well before use. Remove the protective cap from the applicator tip. Hold the bottle at the neck to prevent any of the medication from spilling out. Gently insert the tip into the rectum, pointing toward the belly button (umbilicus). Squeeze the bottle steadily to discharge most of the medication. Retain the suspension overnight if possible to get the maximum benefit from this medication.

Use caution when applying the suppositories or rectal suspension. These products may stain clothing, flooring, painted surfaces, vinyl, enamel, marble, granite, and other surfaces.

The rectal suspension may darken slightly in color. Throw away any bottles that contain very dark brown liquid.

Store Asacol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a Asacol overdose include ringing in your ears, dizziness, headache, confusion, drowsiness, sweating, hyperventilation, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Avoid while taking Asacol

Use caution when applying the suppositories or rectal suspension. These products may stain clothing, flooring, painted surfaces, vinyl, enamel, marble, granite, and other surfaces.

There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or activities during therapy with Asacol unless your doctor directs otherwise.

Possible side effects of Asacol

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Asacol and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- worsening colitis (fever, abdominal pain, cramping, or bloody diarrhea); or
- chest pain or shortness of breath.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Asacol and talk to your doctor if you experience
- nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, or belching;
- headache or dizziness;
- chills or sweating; or
- a rash.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Asacol

Asacol is not known to interact with other medicines.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medicines that you take so that your therapies can be monitored for interactions.

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