Asacol Dosage

Generic name: mesalamine
Dosage form: tablet, delayed release

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Dosage for Treatment of Mildly to Moderately Active Ulcerative Colitis

Adults

For adults, the recommended dosage of Asacol is two 400 mg tablets to be taken three times daily with or without food (total daily dose of 2.4 grams), for a duration of 6 weeks [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].

Pediatrics

For pediatric patients, the recommended total daily dose of Asacol is weight-based (up to maximum of 2.4 grams/day) (see Table 1). Asacol tablets are to be taken twice daily with or without food for a duration of 6 weeks [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].

Table 1. Pediatric Dosage by Weight
 

Weight Group
(kg)

 

Daily Dose (mg/kg/day)

 

Maximum Daily Dose

(grams/day)

 

17 to <33

 

36 to 71

 

1.2

 

33 to <54

 

37 to 61

 

2.0

 

54 to 90

 

27 to 44

 

2.4

Dosage for Maintenance of Remission of Ulcerative Colitis in Adults

For adults, the recommended dosage of Asacol is 1.6 grams daily, in divided doses, with or without food [see Clinical Studies (14.2)].

Important Administration Instructions

Swallow Asacol tablets whole. Do not cut, break or chew the tablets.

Two Asacol 400 mg tablets have not been shown to be bioequivalent to one Asacol® HD (mesalamine) delayed-release 800 mg tablet and should not be used interchangeably.

Testing Prior to Asacol Administration

Evaluate renal function prior to initiation of Asacol [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

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