What is the best schedule to take only 4 x 400mg asacols per day?
- 17 Sep 2012 by Jerbons
- asacol, ulcerative colitis, maintenance
I have been tajking 2 400mg asacol pills three times a day for over two years. It has kept my ulcerative colitis in remission. The bottle states that you only should take 4 pills for maintenance per day. What has been your experience with only 4 400 mg pills and how do you take them: 2 every 12 hours or 1 every 6 hours.
Added 22 Sep 2012:
My doctor advised me against taking less than 6 asacol 400mg per day. While I was taking two pills every 8 hours (my phone alarm reminds me to take them), I have cut down one pill per day (saves me the cost of 30 pills per month) for over a month and I am fine. I take two at 7:30AM, 2 at 3:30PM and now only 1 at 11:30. I think I will stay at that level.
17 Sep 2012
There is no set rule. Some patients take one tablet four times daily and others take two tablets twice daily - do whatever is easiest and the most effective for you.
Has your doctor suggested you reduce your dosage? Do not reduce your dose without his/her recommendation.
18 Sep 2012
Hi mate, i have been asked and given by my Dr the double strength in the tablets, it's called Mezavent XL (1200 mg per tablet). Therefore i take two a day. Maybe if you find it is too much to remember to take twice a day, talk to your Dr, he could give you this one. But it's preference over all, i hate taking pills, so easier for me to take the higher dose daily.
Re the question you asked hun, i will say take 3 in the morn and three in the evening, that is what my Dr said about taking six per day, sometimes i forgot to take them in the evenings, all being it at work... doing shift work... one reason or another so Dr asked me about Mezavent XL and i am very happy with these. Bear in mind these tablets are quite huge to take.
But overall you decide how you want to take them. Do enquire about the new Mezavent Xl though. Good luck, i wish you good health.
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