About Mesacol: Mesacol (Mesalamine) is a medicine used to treat symptoms of ulcerative colitis, inflammation of both the small and large intestines as well as other body swelling conditions. The medicine is also commonly prescribed to patients suffering from Crohns disease. The medicine is categorized as an anti-inflammatory because its main ingredient is aminosalicylate which is effective in the body through controlling or stopping processes in the human body that lead to the production of natural chemicals that cause tissue damages, swelling, diarrhea and inflammations.
How to use Mesacol
Swallow Mesacol (Mesalamine) tablets as a whole and take a full glass of water. Remember that only your doctor should prescribe these tablets for you and self-medication is greatly prohibited. If the doctor is not specific about this; you can then take your medicine however way you prefer either with or without food. The frequency of taking this medicine will be determined by your dosage but in most cases, improvements are not noticeable until after a patient has used the medicine for more than three weeks. Do not use this medicine in any other way other than how your doctor has prescribed it.
Before prescribing for you a dosage, your doctor will perform tests to you to determine the severity of your condition. They will also check your health status, question you about your medical history and during treatment may be calling you for further tests. Self-medicating you this medicine may cause harm to your health. Never alter your dosage without instructions from your doctor. Do not start or stop using the medicine however your body responds to the medicine unless it has been requested of you by your doctor to stop or start using the medicine. Once you have been prescribed a dosage, take it until it’s over.
Mesacol Side Effects
It is common for patients under treatment using this medicine to report the occurrence of side effects. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include diarrhea, nausea or even vomiting, fatigue, headaches, bloating or unusual gas, hair loss, acne, constipation and also cases of indigestion. These should however not last long. However, if they persist or worsen, consult your doctor immediately. Report to your doctor if you experience any of these severe side effects; unusual urine, severe fatigue, yellowing of the skin or eye, blood in stool, stomach cramps, severe headaches, chest pains and fever.
If you suffer from any allergic reactions when using this medicine, stop immediately and consult your doctor. Some common symptoms to associate with allergic reactions include chest tightness, rashes, and hives, swelling due to fluid retention as well as difficulties in swallowing or breathing. Although effective, this medicine may not be suitable for all patients. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using this medicine if you are trying to conceive, are already pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are using other medication whether prescribed or non-prescribed, herbal products or supplements, let your doctor know. Your medical history is also important in determining the suitability of the medicine for you and thus, if you have a history of liver or heart disease, inform your doctor.