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Asacol is a drug that is often used to treat ulcerative colitis and inflammation or swelling of the rectum and maybe even the colon. Asacol works by reducing the inflammation n the bowel of the individual.
Forms of Asacol
The drug comes in several forms, tablet, suppository, rectal suspension and enema. Tablets forms of Asacol should be taken in their whole form without breaking the outer shell when you swallow it. Tablets come in dosage ranges of 1.5 g (the least) up to 4 g (the most). Patient’s taking Asacol need to follow the instructions that their medical practitioner has given them regarding the frequency and dosage of the drug.
The suppository, rectal suspension and enema forms have varying dosages. Depending on the form of medication of Asacol, it may come in 1 g up to 4 grams dosage. You may have to use the suppository, rectal suspension or enema several
times in a day depending on the recommendation of your medical practitioner.
The effect of each dose will depend on the weight, medical conditions and other drugs that the patient may be taking currently. This is the reason why doctors may prescribe different doses for different individuals. Those who take Asacol might be surprised of the disparity of their doses from other people but rest assured that medical practitioners have been taught how to calculate and what to do when there are other factors that may affect the dose supposed to be given to an individual.
Restrictions of Asacol
There are several restrictions of who are qualified to take the drug Asacol. Those children under two years of age may not be qualified to take Asacol as this drug is quite strong and the system of a baby may not be able to handle such strength. An allergic reaction to salicylates and other medications of foods may also restrict a person from being prescribed Asacol. Those with ulcers, both gastric and duodenal, are not advised to take Asacol as well as those with a urinary tract obstruction.
Side Effects of Asacol
Some unwanted responses of an individual to Asacol may be abdominal cramps, mild diarrhea, dizziness, and mild headache and hay fever symptoms. The other less common side effects of the drug may be acne, hair loss, appetite loss, back pain coupled with joint pain and gas, heartburn or indigestion. Other symptoms that may require you to proceed to the emergency room are severe abdominal pains, bloody diarrhea, chills, erratic heartbeat and many other extraordinary side