Asacol is a popular brand medicine sued to treat Ulcerative Colitis. It is composed of active ingredient Mesalamine. It affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea. Asacol tablets are used to treat moderately active ulcerative colitis in adults. It is manufactured by the leading pharmaceutical company, Apil Pharmaceuticals. It is offered in a conventional tablet and in dosages of 400 mg and 800 mg.
Manufacturer: Apil Pharmaceuticals
Active Ingredient: It is composed of active component Mesalamine. It is an agent derived from sulfasalazine, an antiinflammatory agent. It may reduce inflammation through inhibition of cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin production. It helps to reduce bowel inflammation, diarrhea, rectal bleeding and stomach pain.
Indications: Given medication is used to treat a certain bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis. Asacol helps to reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates that decreases swelling in the colon.
Action Mechanism: The absorbed medication is rapidly acetylated in the gut mucosal wall and by the liver. It is excreted mainly by the kidney as N-acetyl-5-aminosalicylic acid. Mesalamine from orally administered Asacol tablets appears to be more extensively absorbed than the mesalamine released from sulfasalazine.
Dosages: This medication is available for oral consumption and in dosage as mentioned below:
- 400 mg: It is an oral medication shall be taken with or without food as directed by the doctor, usually 3 times a day
- 800 mg: It is to be consumed 3 times a day before or after meal as directed by the doctor
Note: Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.