mesalamine (5-aminosalicylic acid) delayed-release - oral, Asacol, Delzicol

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GENERIC NAME: MESALAMINE (5-AMINOSALICYLIC ACID) DELAYED-RELEASE - ORAL (me-SAL-a-meen)

BRAND NAME(S): Asacol, Delzicol

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USES: This medication is used to treat a certain bowel disease (ulcerative colitis). It helps to reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. Mesalamine belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates. It works by decreasing swelling in the colon.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to treat Crohn's disease.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times daily. If you are taking the tablet form of this medication, you may take it with or without food. If you are taking the capsule form of this medication, take it on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush, chew, or break. Doing so can keep the drug from being released properly into the colon.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Different brands of this medication deliver different amounts of medication. Do not switch brands without your doctor's permission and directions.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

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