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User Reviews for Asacol

Asacol has an average rating of 6.9 out of 10 from a total of 48 ratings on Drugs.com. 69% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 24% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Asacol reviews 6.9 48 reviews

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Reviews for Asacol

Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more April 13, 2013

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I have had Ulcerative Colitis for 30 years, on Asacol for 17. Took it during 2 pregnancies with no ill effects. This medicine has helped me stay in remission for the past 17 years, at a low dose (would like 4 400mg/day, but too expensive, so making due with 2). A lifesaver.”

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SUZIE POOPIES HEHE September 20, 2019

For Ulcerative Colitis: “I have had colitis for 20 years. I was prescribed steroids but did not want to take them. I had gas, bloating loose watery foul smelling bowel movements. Up to 20 a day. I started on Asacol 800mg. I took 6 tabs a day. Two in the morning, 2 mid day and 2 at bedtime. I saw no results and was even passing whole tablets...as I know it is common. I almost threw in the towel. At the 3 month mark I had formed stools, and minimal gas and bloating. You have to be patient. Our bowels did not get sick overnight...so you are not going to be cured overnight. 20 years of issues took about 3 months on Asacol. Now I am down to 2 x 800mg tabs maintenance dose. 1 tab in the morning and 1 tab at night. I still have the odd loose bowel movement if I eat greasy food or drink too much coffee. But all and all..well worth it.”

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Anonymous October 3, 2010

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I've had ulcerative colitis now for 28 years. I took Asacol during all my three pregnancies with no side effect. I did have a major flare-up after the first delivery though despite the Asacol. My ulcerative colitis is now completely under control, so much so that my doctor said that my colon looks completely healthy. I take 4 tablets per day, I do forget occasionally, but it has worked miracles for me. I can also eat everything.”

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Jerbons · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 16, 2012

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I have been on Asacol, two 400mg pills three times a day. It has done wonders for me. I have no side effects at all and it has kept my ulcerative colitis in remission with to symptoms at all. While my doctor has told me to stay on the full dosage, the bottle says that after 6 weeks one should go on maintenance of only 4 pills per day. Due to the expense of these pills, I am already down to 5 pills per day and still doing great.”

10 / 10
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cajunjoy December 13, 2008

For Lymphocytic Colitis: “I have been on Asacol for about 5 years and it has changed my life. I had diarrhea for about 5 years previously and my doctor and 2 specialists couldn't found anything specific to help it. We moved to another state where the gastric specialist did uncover the problem and I was started on 6 Asacol daily (2 tablets, 3 X a day). It took about 2 months, and one day my diarrhea completely vanished. Gone. After about 8 months I began lowering the pills daily, kept on with 4 a day and am now taking 3 Asacol daily for maintenance. For the past 8 years have been swimming 4 X weekly at a wellness center. Couldn't do that with bowel problems. I had a colonscopy in December 2008, 5 days ago, and all is normal. I'm 72 years.”

9 / 10
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JerryDee · Taken for 10 years or more May 1, 2017

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I was diagnosed with UC when I was 20 years old. I am now 64 so 44 years with this annoying condition. Over the years I have been put on various medications but Asacol tablets along with occasional Asacol foam enemas have kept me well. I take 8 x 400mg tablets a day (4 first thing in the morning and 4 last thing at night), no side effects whatsoever. I only need the foam enemas if I get a bit of mucous or that 'colitis feeling' and the enemas work within two or three days. I use the enemas for a week though, to be on the safe side.”

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Johnny585 August 5, 2011

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis since I was 17 had a colonscopy done and that's when I was prescribed Asacol. It was terrible my diarrhea was just horrible, it also came with a a lot of blood. I started taking Asacol about 9 pills daily after about a couple of months the diarrhea was completely gone. That's when I thought it was okay to stop taking them so about 4 years later the flares started happening again. So I don't recommended delaying the pills. ”

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JodanA · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 6, 2014

For Ulcerative Colitis: “Had severe bloody diarrhea for a couple months, went away for two years then came back worse. I was then diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. My Dr started me on 6 pills a day of Asacol. Within two weeks I was having completely normal bowel movements again with no pain. I then began decreasing my dosage (doctors orders) and now I am currently on 2 pills a day of 800g. My life is completely back to normal. The only side effect I have is slight dizziness during more stressful times. I have had a couple minor minor flares. I do miss my dosage once in a while but it never seems to affect me as long as I take my next dose. Would recommend Asacol in a heart beat!”

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Lee46 August 27, 2010

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 1991. For the last few years I have been using Asacol, with no problems, only if I try to stop taking it, which I'd rather not do. It's really helping me. I'm 46 and happy. I'm going for colonoscopy every year just to make sure everything is fine.”

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Anonymous March 19, 2010

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I have been taking Asacol for my UC for 6 years now. I strongly recommend taking it 3 times a day (I take 3 pills, 3x per day), it is better to have a higher frequency of the drug in your system. I haven't had a flare in 3 years, it is has provided great results.”

9 / 10
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Jeanie UK · Taken for 10 years or more December 31, 2017

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “Previously taking Sulphazalazine from the age of 20 which was awful for me. I was admitted to hospital on several occasions and the dose was combined with high steroid treatment. I become paranoid so the steroids were slowly reduced then stopped. I found out about Asacol from a medical journal (I was a nurse.) I asked if I could start taking it as I'd given up on the Sulphazalazine. Within weeks I had no symptoms. I stayed on it for 2 years. I was lucky as I had 18 years with no problems. In 2004 it came back - but it was mild. I saw my GP who prescribed Pentasa and my gut went wild. I went back onto Asacol and once again, within weeks I was symptom free. I'm on a low dose at 70 years of age. Not bad as I was told I'd not make 25!”

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Rick B July 6, 2015

For Crohn's Disease: “I was diagnosed with crohn's disease when I was 27yrs old. I'm now 54. Ive been through 2 fistula removal's and many nights awaken with extreme rectal spasams. no fun! Extreme weight loss and fatigue. My Dr. put me on Asacol 400mg (2 in the morning, and 2 at night). turned my life around. Dr. told me I needed to stay on the medicine for rest of my life. I felt great, put weight back on and then I did a stupid thing. I decided to stop taking it. was doing fine for past 5yrs but its back. weight loss and all other symptoms, cramping, loss of appetite, etc.. If Asacol is working for you, stay on it.”

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CJN July 30, 2009

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “Like the others mention, I was put on Asacol after a hospital stay which included high doses of prednisone and transfusions. I was prescribed Asacol and have been flare free for just over 1 year now. Occasionally I experience slight nausea after taking it, but I have found that taking it with a meal reduces or eliminates that problem. I intend to continue to take this medicine because I feel it has allowed me to live a normal life again.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous February 10, 2012

For Ulcerative Colitis: “I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in April of 2011. After numerous visits with my doctor and exploratoy scopes, my gastroenterologist prescribed Asacol last September(2012) and he gave me a discount card to use when I initially filled my prescription for Asacol, so the monthly precirptions have been FREE! Since taking Asacol on a regular basis, my last scope revealed that ALL of my ulcertations have healed! Thank you, Asacol! You've changed my life!”

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Anonymous October 20, 2008

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “Asacol has worked perfectly for me. I was diagnosed with moderate ulcerative colitis, started taking asacol (along with enemas, for about 2 months), now I'm completely off the enemas and still taking the asacol tablets twice a day at 4 pills per time ( 8 per day). It has been about four months since I've had any sign of my colitis, and I intend to keep taking asacol. I am reducing my dose to 6 pills per day for the next month or two, then I'll go down to 4 pills per day and see if that dosage will keep it away. I am very pleased with this drug. ”

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PedrosMom · Taken for less than 1 month August 24, 2012

For Inflammatory Bowel Disease: “Have had IBD for years, got relief after just 3 doses. The disease has had me housebound for a year because I never knew when I was going to have an accident. Had no control at all. Am hoping this will be the solution and I can have a normal life.”

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Luebby · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 17, 2017

For Ulcerative Colitis, Active: “I was put on Asacol to start when first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I was on it for at least three or four months, and things didn't seem to be getting better. It was only when--on vacation--I forgot to take it for a few days and realized that I immediately felt much better. For me, Asacol caused symptoms that were nearly identical to a flare up of ulcerative colitis.”

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Anonymous June 19, 2008

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I have been using Asacol for about 6 years. At the onset of Ulcerative cholitis, I was on high doses of Prednisone with the Asacol. It took over a year to get stablized, but the past two years have been event free. The only complaint I have is that the Doctor did not explain how Asacol works. I thought it was not working because I was passing whole tablets. I actually was breaking some of the pills thinking I was helping when in fact I was hurting the situation. Now taking 9 x 400mg pills daily.”

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Anonymous April 11, 2010

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “Asacol caused high diarrhea within 1- 2 days, then was switched to Colezol, and within about 2 months had a bad flare-up, which stopped within 2 days of discontinuing Colezol. Have since learned that if you are intolerant of Asacol, Colezol should not be prescribed. Are going to end up with same issues.”

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Anonymous April 2, 2008

For Ulcerative Colitis, Active: “I've been on Asacol for years - 12 tabs /day. No side effects, easy to take, but sometimes during flares it fails to release. Release is pH dependent (as are some competing drugs), in my case I think that's the problem. This problem is not well publicized, so doctors aren't aware of it.”

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Anonymous July 20, 2008

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “I have had ulcerative colitis for 16 years and I am 31 years old. I can tell you that I've been on pretty much every drug out there to control it. Asacol has been the only drug that I can take without getting any horrible side effects and keep my illness under control. It was even safe throughout my pregnancy. I do take anywhere from 8 to 12 pills a day, but it's so worth it.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 6, 2012

For Lymphocytic Colitis: “I have been on this medication for about 5 years now, 4 tablets a day, down from 6 a day. Thank goodness it has worked, as when I had attacks, I lost 20lbs in 6 weeks. Symptoms are pretty much gone, and life returned to normal about 2 months after beginning this medication. I was 55 when diagnosed, and just turned 60 and am doing fine. I have no apparent side effects.”

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Anonymous July 20, 2008

For Ulcerative Colitis, Maintenance: “At the onset of my ulcerative colitis (UC), I was hospitalized for an extended time. I lost a lot of blood and had a transfusion. I was put on a very high dose of prednisone and was then introduced to Asacol. While on Asacol, I've had just a few minor UC attacks that went away quickly when "upping" the Asacol during the flair-up. I think it's a great drug. I currently take 6 pills a day for maintenance.”

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Anonymous February 4, 2011

For Lymphocytic Colitis: “I am newly diagnosed with LC, I am 38 years old and suffered with various GI issues for years. Finally got a diagnosis and was started just last week on Asacol 800 mg tabs three times a day. I have noticed that the diarrhea is slightly less frequent and less explosive after only one week. I am hopeful, especially after reading the other user's comments, that this will help me.”

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Joseph December 29, 2018

For Ulcerative Colitis, Active: “It seems that asacol is not effective when colitis is active because the coating is too tick. I took 2 tablets, after 6 hours on my body , 2 tablet came out in my diapher and the coating it still intact. I hope Manufacturer will make thinner coating because the mathematical computation of delayed release is not match to realty.”

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