Asacol is used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. It can be used to maintain remission, or to reduce symptoms during flares. It is typically taken twice daily, with or without food.
The active ingredient in Asacol is mesalamine. It is an aminosalicylate, which works by reducing inflammation in the intestines. It is available in both delayed-release and extended-release forms.
Asacol is also known by its generic name, mesalamine. Other brand names for mesalamine include Apriso, Lialda, Pentasa, and Rowasa.
Asacol can cause side effects, including nausea, vomiting, headache, and abdominal pain. It can also cause an allergic reaction in some people. It is important to tell your doctor if you experience any of these side effects. Asacol may also interact with other medications, so it is important to discuss all medications you are taking with your doctor.