Altana Pharma | Asacol (Medication)
Asacol/mesalamine, affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea. This medication is used to treat ulcerative colitis. Although it doesn't cure it, it may decrease symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding caused by irritation/swelling in the colon/rectum.
This medication is taken by mouth, exactly as directed by your doctor. The dose depends on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or frequency without your doctor advice. ...
Among with its needed effects, as with any medicine, side effects can occur. Most common include:flu-like symptoms, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, weakness, headache, constipation, abdominal/back pain, upset stomach, diarrhea, or gas. If these persist or worsen, call your doctor.
Other more serious side effects are:a severe allergic reaction - hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; dark urine, persistent nausea or vomiting, severe stomach or abdominal pain, yellowing eyes and skin, signs of infection like fever with persistent sore throat, easy bruising or bleeding, chest pain, shortness of breath, change in the amount of urine. If any of these occur, seek immediately medical help. ...
Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you are allergic to mesalamine, to other drugs, or if you have any other allergies. Tell your doctor if you are using other medicine and if you have or ever have had any of the following conditions:kidney problems, liver problems, asthma, pyloric stenosis, pancreatitis, or pericarditis.
Because Asacol can cause dizziness and drowsiness, do not drive and use heavy machinery until you are sure you can perform this activity safely.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor advice. ...