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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Will pepto interfere with asacol (mesalamine)?

Will pepto interfere with asacol (mesalamine)?

Unlikely: Pepto and Asacol (mesalamine), if taken together, should not cause any issues. You shouldn't need both together though ...Read more

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What is the treatment for asacol (mesalamine) overdose?

What is the treatment for asacol (mesalamine) overdose?

Nothing: Should be no need to treat however there is a theoretical chance of kidney damage that would need to be supportively managed. ...Read more

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When do doctors start using asacol (mesalamine) for a patient?

Ulcerative colitis: Asacol (mesalamine) is one of many medications available to treat ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Endocort for diarrhea instead of asacol (mesalamine) is it better?

Depends!: Entacort-la 3mg is a mostly non-absorbed steroid given for bowel inflammation. If you have diarrhea from a non-inflammatory cause, you should not take it. But Asacol (mesalamine) is also for inflammation of the bowel. If you do, it is what works best for you! ...Read more

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Can I take asacol (mesalamine) if I'm allergic to morphine? Thanks in advance.

Yes.: If prescribed by your doctor, if you are not allergic to Aspirin or sulfas, it is ok to take asacol (mesalamine). No relation to morphine allergy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asacol (mesalamine) and lialda. Do some people have different side effects to one vs the other/?

See below: Both meselamine (5-amino-salicylic acid).Lialda is long-acting and is taken 2Xdaily. Asacol (mesalamine) is not long acting and is taken 3 Xs daily. Asacol (mesalamine) is no longer available in the U.S.but can be obtained in the rest of the world and it is MUCH cheaper than Lialda. You can fax your prescription to a Canadian pharmacy for asacol (different trade name but same thing) if u have to pay Lialda out of pocket. Best ...Read more

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I'm passing asacol (mesalamine) out whole. Does colazal release differently than asacol (mesalamine) or is it also pH dependent? And does it work the same?

I'm passing asacol (mesalamine) out whole. Does colazal release differently than asacol (mesalamine) or is it also pH dependent? And does it work the same?

Different release: While Asacol (mesalamine) release is ph dependent, Colazal does not become active until the drug reaches the colon where bacteria there splits the drug up into an active state. In fact, the capsule is just a formality as the Colazal powder can be swallowed whole - as it is available overseas. Having said that, many of my patients also see intact Asacol (mesalamine) tabs in their stools. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asacol (mesalamine) ec and asacol (mesalamine) hd dr?

Asacol (mesalamine): Regular Asacol (mesalamine) is 400 mgs in strtength. Asacol (mesalamine) hd is double strength it has 800 mgs. ...Read more

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Does asacol (mesalamine) become toxic past its expiration date?

Uncertain: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for 5 days versus 5 years. Your pharmacist should be able to provide more information. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can die from an asacol (mesalamine) and darvocet overdose?

Doctors, do you think I can die from an asacol (mesalamine) and darvocet overdose?

Asacol (mesalamine) darvocet: Asacol (mesalamine) unlikely as it is mainly anti-inflammatory - but with an overdose you may have some severe side effects. DArvocet certainly yes. The metabolite is cardiotoxic and with an overdose you can potentially die. ...Read more

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So now I am taking Prilosec and asacol (mesalamine) hd. Is what are the possible side effects?

See below: Taking Asacol (mesalamine) hd & Prilosec at the same time may reduce the effectiveness of the asacol (mesalamine). Allow at least 2-3 hours between them. If the Asacol (mesalamine) irritates your stomach, take the Prilosec first, followed by the Asacol (mesalamine) a few hours later. Other antacids, acid blockers like zantac/pepcid will interact with Asacol (mesalamine) in the same way as prilosec; so space the meds apart when you take them. ...Read more

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Is asacol (mesalamine) used in supressing a flare-up for ulcerative colitis?

Asacol (mesalamine): Asacol (mesalamine) is a good benign drug for ulcerative colitis of the large bowel. I would use sulfasalazine for small intestinal disease, or regional enteritis. ...Read more

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Using colocort enema every 3 days to control inflammation from colitis in addition to asacol (mesalamine) daily. Is long time usage of colocort bad? No problem yet

Using colocort enema every 3 days to control inflammation from colitis in addition to asacol (mesalamine) daily. Is long time usage of colocort bad? No problem yet

Maybe: Colocort is a steroid medication. Although you are using it in limited fashion and in a topical form, there is still systemic absorption and, over time, steroid side effects can occur (bone loss, glucose intolerance, hip problems, cataracts, etc). Best to discuss your concerns with your provider to see if Mesalamine enemas would help or if you need a different steroid sparing medication. ...Read more

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How soon hair loss from taking asacol (mesalamine)?

How soon hair loss from taking asacol (mesalamine)?

Hair Loss/Asacol: Hair loss or thining of hair is a rare side effect of asacol (mesalamine), (mesalamine) it does not happen very frequently. Hair loss is quite common even without taking asacol (mesalamine).How soon it takes place has varied from all the reported cases. But it can happen few weeks after taking asacol (mesalamine), (mesalamine) it actually starts with hair thining and can continue
only way to know if it is due to Asacol (mesalamine) is, if you stop the med and hair los stops. ...Read more

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Hi, My sister has ulcerative colitis and she is on asacol (mesalamine) what is the effect of the asacol (mesalamine)? and can it prevent the relapse of the disease?

Hi, My sister has ulcerative colitis and she is on asacol (mesalamine) what is the effect of the asacol (mesalamine)? and can it prevent the relapse of the disease?

No one knows: How this drug does its work but its related to certain sulfa based drugs (antibiotics) which were empirically fund to be beneficial! Yes it does prevent relapses in a certain percentage of cases! Hope this helps!
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Can I take ibuprofen while on asacol (mesalamine) hd? I am not allergic to either one.

Can I take ibuprofen while on asacol (mesalamine) hd? I am not allergic to either one.

Yes: No significant interactions have been reported between Asacol hd & ibuprofen. Avoid using another salicylate (aspirin, peptobismol) in place of Ibuprofen (could lead to salicylate toxicity). Do not take antacids, acid blockers like Zantac (ranitidine) family or Prilosec family at same time as Asacol as they may decrease its effectiveness. ...Read more

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Can I use Espiride 50mg for milk supply? Was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and on Asacol

Probably: But best to consult with your Drs. Note also that it will appear in your milk, so the baby could get tremors and poor sleep. ...Read more

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What happens if you drink hard alcohol while taking asacol (mesalamine) and iron supplements?

What happens if you drink hard alcohol while taking asacol (mesalamine) and iron supplements?

Drug interactions: Alcohol is a drug. In small amounts it has a sedative effect and can raise the level of HDL (good cholesterol)....Larger doses and chronic use has toxic effect on liver, brain, increases accidents, etc.. At any dose it can irritate the gastric lining...
Asacol has NSAID - gastric irritant -- iron causes constipation
distends the gut--- with all three you're asking for trouble.... ...Read more

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Well my sister was diagnosed for ulcerative colitis and she is taking Asacol (mesalamine). can asacol (mesalamine) return the membrane to its normal condition?

Short answer:No: Asacol (mesalamine) (other names in US but are meselamine long acting. Asacol (mesalamine) available from Canada under other names) will turn the inflammn. To "quiescent"but not normal. If only in left colon there is no risk of colon cancer in future. If in entire colon (pancolitis):after 10 years annual colonoscopy & 4 quadrant biopsy every 10cms to check for dysplasia. Important to keep taking meselamine even if no symptoms. ...Read more

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My stool has been looking like small pebbles of white pellets. Am a new uc patient (dx in july) on asacol (mesalamine). Some brbpr, but not as much as before.?

My stool has been looking like small pebbles of white pellets. Am a new uc patient (dx in july) on asacol (mesalamine). Some brbpr, but not as much as before.?

Pellets in stool?: Could be Asacol (mesalamine) pellets after breakdown of capsule in lower bowel (colon). Sounds like improvement re: bleeding (inflammation). Should have follow up with md, since it has been 6 months on meds; may need to adjust them. ...Read more

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What are the differences between asacol (mesalamine) hd and apriso for the treatment of ulcerative colitis? (asacol (mesalamine) (mesalamine) hd is no longer covered by my insurance.)

Www. Rxlist. Com: Go to this site and look up the med. If you have any questions about what you read, ask and we'll explain. But rxlist is my favorite site, and I print patient handouts from this site. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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It seems since taking asacol (mesalamine) hd I've experience weight gain and accumulated belly fat despite diet and exercise. Could this be caused by the med?

It seems since taking asacol (mesalamine) hd I've experience weight gain and accumulated belly fat despite diet and exercise. Could this be caused by the med?

Unlikely: Most of the research reports quite a few side effects from Asacol (mesalamine) hd, but weight gain is not mentioned as a reported side effect. It does note, however that increased appetite and abdominal distinction can occur, but not often. Perhaps these last two possible side effects are contributing to your symptom. Might be a good idea to discuss this further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is asacol (mesalamine) a good treatment for ulcerative colitis flare-ups, or is it only useful to stay in remission?

Both: Asacol (mesalamine) can bring flare-ups under control and low doses can be used for maintenance therapy. This should be supervised by your doctor to monitor for any side effects and potential complications from long-term use of asacol (mesalamine). ...Read more

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