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What should I know about aminosalicylic acid before taking it?

Before taking aminosalicylic acid, it is important to know that this medication is an antimycobacterial that must be used in combination with other antimycobacterials to treat active Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Certain health conditions, such as kidney or liver disease, can affect the use of aminosalicylic acid. When prescribed, it's important to take the exact doses, even if you begin to feel better. The entire prescription must be taken to make sure that the infection has been treated. This medication is in a granulated form that should not be chewed or crushed. Aminosalicylic acid should be taken with acidic foods or juices like tomato, orange, grapefruit, grape, cranberry, apple or other fruit juice. Stir each dose in a full glass of juice and drink the mixture immediately; avoiding chewing any of the granules. You can also mix the granules in applesauce or yogurt, again avoiding chewing the mixture. Before taking aminosalicylic acid, inspect the medication for changes in color or appearance. If the medication appears brownish or purplish, do not take it; replace it.

Aminosalicylic acid can interact with certain types of medication. Aminosalicylic acid can affect the absorption of digoxin and of vitamin B12. Before any type of surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you're taking aminosalicylic acid. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking this antibacterial medication, tell your doctor. Aminosalicylic may harm the health of a fetus.