: 5 Aminosalicylic Acid, Mesalamine
: Treat swelling and inflammation in colon/rectum
: Asacol tablets: 400mg, 800mg. Asacol Suppositories: 250mg, 500mg. 5 Aminosalicylic Acid tablet: 400mg only
How 5-aminosalicylic acid Works
5-aminosalicylic acid, or mesalamine, is known to act as an anti-inflammatory. It is used to treat mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. 5-aminosalicylic acid aka 5-ASA reduces inflammation in the bowel. There are several variations of this drug, but you must take it exactly as your doctor prescribed.
Generic 5-aminosalicylic acid vs Brand Asacol
Brand Asacol is manufactured by Procter & Gamble. Generic Asacol or 5-aminosalicylic acid is manufactured outside of a Procter & Gamble facility; this is the biggest difference between Asacol and 5-aminosalicylic acid. Generic Asacol and 5-aminosalicylic acid are identical in dose, strength, safety, efficacy, chemical makeup and therapeutic use. We currently carry the brand from Turkey, New Zealand and UK, the generic comes from India. It may come from other countries around the world.
5-aminosalicylic acid Possible side effects
This medication may cause side effects in some individuals. Contact your physician if the side effects become persistent or severe. Possible side effects are:
• Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain (mild)
• Back or joint pain
• Diarrhea (mild)
• Headache (mild)
• Heartburn or indigestion
• Loss of appetite
• Loss of hair
• Nausea or vomiting
5-aminosalicylic acid Guidelines
Before you begin this medication, speak to your doctor openly about the risks and benefits of Asacol or any related products. People who have the following conditions should speak to their physicians as it may affect the way you should take Asacol.
• Heart problems
• Reduced liver/kidney function
• Slow emptying of stomach
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