Lialda (Mesalamine) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Lialda
Lialda is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease. It appears to increase mucous production in the small and large intestine, which in turn reduces irritation from foods passing through. This medication is suitable for both men and women that suffer from symptoms associated with swollen intestinal tissue. It is provided in specially coated pills that do not begin to break down until they have almost passed through the stomach. Lialda 2.4g or 4.8g tablets are usually taken once per day with meals.
Side Effects/Precautions For Lialda
The most common side effects associated with taking brand or generic Lialda or Mesalamine include gas, headache and hair loss. Typically, these side effects are not severe enough to cause patients to stop taking this medication. When you buy brand or generic Lialda, you should also watch for increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, acne and rash. Some individuals also develop rare episodes of diarrhea, abdominal swelling, vomiting, pancreas infections, low platelet count, muscle tremor, decreased kidney function, muscle tremors, fatigue, facial swelling and ear pain.
Individuals that take Mesalamine should also watch for infections of the heart, liver and kidneys. Since other NSAID painkillers serve to impair kidney function, you should avoid using them when you use the Lialda drug. If you notice signs of jaundice, decreased urination or excessive itchiness when taking brand or generic Lialda, you should report to your doctor immediately. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers.
The recommended dosage of Lialda for adults to treat ulcerative colitis is a total of 1.2 g to 4.8 g per day. The treatment is continued for 8 weeks. The drug releases medication at a slow rate. For this purpose, it comes encapsulated in a coating which should not be damaged in any way for effective dosing. Lialda is taken once a day with a meal. Ideally. it should be taken at the same time every day. Once remission of symptoms has been attained, the dose for maintenance therapy can then be decided. Treatment of ulcerative colitis is a multi pronged approach and the medication should not be stopped as this may cause relapse or withdrawal symptoms.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.