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Asacol (Mesalamine) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Asacol (Mesalamine) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 5 ratings/reviews, Asacol has an overall score of 5.20. The effectiveness score is 6.40 and the side effect score is 7.20. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Asacol review by 49 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Crohns Disease
Dosage & duration:   400mg taken 2 tabs 3 times daily for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Less flair ups of the crohns disease. Less diarhea and cramping.
Side effects:   no side effects evidentent
Comments:   I believe you mean the treatment of the disease. For me it was taking my medication Asacol, and watching my diet. I understand foods have different effects on different individuals. For me, avoiding foods high in fat, avoiding excessive sugars and high fiber foods (popcorn, nuts) made the difference for me. The drug w/o diet would not work. Should stress be factored, that too, weighed heavily.

 

Asacol review by 33 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   ulcerative colitis
Dosage & duration:   400mg taken 3 times a day for the period of 1yr
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The treatment benefits included a decrease an abdominal pain, a decrease in diahrea and blood in the stool. There were also benefits in overall comfort when dealing with day to day activities. The decrease in abdominal pain and frequent diahrea allows me to perform my daily activities.
Side effects:   The main side effects was nausea at first but disappeared over time. Headaches occurred frequently at first and have decreased but I still experience them occationally. They usually disappear with tyenol. Other than that the only other issues I experienced was slight symptoms that were not completely taken care of with the medication.
Comments:   My treatment consists of taking 3 pills 3 times a day. Routine colonoscopys are necessary. I also take a multivitamin twice a day. I watch my diet. I drink a minimum amount of milk, eat a minimum amount of fried and unhealthy food, drink more water and fruits and vegetables.

 

Asacol review by 44 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Ulcerative Cholitis
Dosage & duration:   800mg TID taken daily for the period of 14 months
Other conditions:   hypertension
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I have found the product to be the only thing to work for autoimune Ulcerative Cholitis. I was diagnosed with UC at age 43 after extensive testing. Tried several other products and supplements to keep UC in remission but none have been effective. The price is very expensive and is out of the reach of those without insurance cost is in the price range of $900 per months. The company that makes the drug does offer programs for the non insured to receive at very substantial discounts or at no cost
Side effects:   I have had none of the reported side effects from the product. Bowels move at regualar intervals and with regular formed stool. There has been no swelling or any other symptoms associated with steroid use. The only down side is the medication must be taken daily. Miss a day or two and the bowel will become bloated and distended. Other then that and the price no issue with medication
Comments:   I take 3 capsules once daily in a single dose. Have done split dose method 2 times per day with no increase or decrease in product action. Vitamins Beta Carratine, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Alpha Lipic Acid, Coq10, Glutathione and Chromium Piccalate are also used as supplements

 

Asacol review by care giver of 15 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Ulcerative Colitis
Dosage & duration:   800 mg taken bid for the period of 2 weeks
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   There were no benefits as he had to stop taking it
Side effects:   Brownish colored urine, nausea and vomiting, stomache ache
Comments:   Patient was to take 800 mg twice daily to treat ulcerative colitis but was found to be intolerant to Asacol and was discontinued. The side effects began about 7-10 days after starting the Asacol. The nausea and vomiting was not immediately associated with Asacol but was attributed to possibly having the flu. It was only until his urine became a brownish purple color that we thought it must be the Asacol and immediately stopped it. Symptoms went away when stopped.

 

Asacol review by 25 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Ulcerative Colitis
Dosage & duration:   100mg taken 3 times a day for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   N/A
Other drugs taken:   N/A
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Flare-ups were less frequent as well and the duration of time they lasted was less. I noticed that it didn't help with the amount of bowl movements I was having but it did help stop the internal bleeding.
Side effects:   Nausea, cramping, abdominal pain were just some of the bigger side effects. Sometimes the stomach pain was so painful it was worse then an actual flare-up.
Comments:   I stopped taking Asacol because of the intense stomach pain it caused me as well as the nausea. I found that while taking Asacol, my falre-ups did decrease but the side effects outweighed the benefits.
 


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