Asacol , medically known as mesalamine, is an anti-inflammatory used to treat symptoms of ulcerative colitis including diarrhea, bowel inflammation, rectal bleeding and stomach pain.
It comes as a capsule or tablet taken by mouth, or a suppository and an enema used in the rectum. The capsule is usually taken four times per day. The tablet is taken three times daily. The suppositories are used twice every day, and the enema is normally used only once a day before going to bed.
Aside from temporary hair loss, few common side effects may occur while taking Asacol , including dizziness, headache, gas, upset stomach, back pain or constipation.
Asacol may also be used to treat other medical conditions, as prescribed by your doctor.