A treatment for moderately active ulcerative colitis
If you have been diagnosed with moderately active ulcerative colitis (UC), it is likely your doctor will recommend a medicine called mesalamine, also known as 5-ASA. This is a common treatment for UC.
ASACOL® HD (mesalamine) has been shown to reduce the symptoms associated with moderately active UC, including rectal bleeding and the frequency of bowel movements in adults
How ASACOL HD works
- ASACOL HD is a delayed-release tablet
- The way ASACOL HD works is not known, but it is thought to deliver medicine to the colon to help treat symptoms of moderately active UC
How to take ASACOL HD
It’s important to take ASACOL HD as prescribed. Always follow your
The recommended dosage for moderately active UC
is 2 ASACOL HD 800 mg tablets 3 times a day for a total of
4.8 g/d (6 tablets) for a duration of 6 weeks
It’s very important to take your tablets as prescribed
Be sure to swallow the ASACOL HD tablets whole. Do not
break, cut, or chew the tablets, because the coating is an
important part of the delayed-release formula
Drink an adequate amount of fluids
Protect your ASACOL HD tablets from moisture. Close the
container tightly after each use
One ASACOL HD 800 mg tablet cannot be substituted for
2 mesalamine delayed-release 400 mg tablets
What is ASACOL HD?
ASACOL® HD (mesalamine) delayed-release tablets is a prescription medication used to treat moderately
active ulcerative colitis (UC) in adults. Safety and effectiveness of ASACOL HD beyond 6 weeks have not
IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION
Do not take ASACOL HD if you are:
- allergic to salicylates or aminosalicylates, such as aspirin or medications that contain aspirin
- allergic to any of the ingredients of ASACOL HD
Before taking ASACOL HD, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- have or have had kidney problems
- are allergic to sulfasalazine
- have or have had heart-related allergic reactions, such as inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or inflammation of the lining of the heart (pericarditis)
- take any iron-containing supplements
- have or have had liver problems
- are pregnant, nursing, or are planning to become pregnant or to breastfeed
- have any other medical conditions
Tell your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking,
including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking ASACOL HD with nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may cause kidney problems. Taking ASACOL HD with azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine
may cause blood problems. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure if you are taking one of these medicines.
What are the possible side effects of ASACOL HD?
ASACOL HD may cause serious side effects, including:
- Kidney Problems. Your healthcare provider may check to see how your kidneys are working before taking ASACOL HD.
Acute Intolerance Syndrome and Other Allergic Reactions. Some people who use ASACOL HD can
have allergic-type reactions, including acute intolerance syndrome. Other allergic reactions can
cause heart problems, including an inflammation of the sac around the heart (pericarditis), blood
problems, and problems with other organs in the body, including the kidneys, liver, and lungs. When
this happens, it is usually in people who have had an allergic reaction to sulfasalazine. Stop using
ASACOL HD and contact your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these symptoms: cramping,
stomach (abdominal) pain, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache, chest pain, a decrease in the amount of
your urine, shortness of breath, eye inflammation, fatigue, and rash.
Liver Failure. This can happen in people who have a history of liver problems and have taken other
medicines that contain mesalamine. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these symptoms
while using ASACOL HD: yellowing of your eyes, itchy skin, feeling very tired, flu-like symptoms,
nausea, or vomiting.
Serious Skin Reactions. Some people who use ASACOL HD can have severe skin reactions. Stop using ASACOL HD and tell your healthcare provider
right away if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms of a severe skin reaction, including blisters or peeling of your skin, mouth sores, blisters on
your lips or around your mouth or eyes, high fever or flu-like symptoms, enlarged lymph nodes, or skin rash.
Sun Sensitivity. ASACOL HD can make your skin sensitive to the sun if you have skin conditions such
as atopic dermatitis and atopic eczema. Try to limit your time in the sun. You should use sunscreen
and wear a hat and clothes that cover your skin if you have to be in the sunlight.
Kidney Stones. Drink plenty of fluids when using ASACOL HD to decrease your chance of getting
kidney stones. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these symptoms: severe pain in your side
or your back or blood in your urine.
The most common side effects of ASACOL HD include:
- Headache, nausea, nasopharyngitis (common cold), stomach (abdominal) pain, and worsening of UC.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of ASACOL HD.
The following statement will be included within certain pieces at the discretion of regulatory:
Inform patients that if they are switching from a previous oral mesalamine therapy to ASACOL HD,
they should discontinue their previous oral mesalamine therapy and follow the dosing instructions for ASACOL HD.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Please see full Prescribing Information for ASACOL HD.
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