Pentasa (Mesalamine ER) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Pentasa (Mesalamine)
Pentasa Controlled-Release Capsule is a (5-ASA) or 5-aminosalicylic acid. Its primary function is to repress the production of a substance that leads to colon inflammation. Pentasa may be administered with or without food.
Benefits of Pentasa
Mesalamine is also used for the treatment of Crohn's disease as well as diseases associated with ulcers, inflammation and sores in the bowel. Thus far, no evidence suggests that Pentasa is addictive.
What do we offer?
Pentasa is available in the form of tablets and the dosage available for the same is 500mg. Customers can buy Pentasa at cheap rates through our online prescription service. We also accept orders for multiple quantities.
Precautions and Side Effects
Pentasa should not be given to patients who have flu or chickenpox or are taking sulfinpyrazone or probenecid. Patients are strongly advised to discuss with their doctor their medical history and the current course of their medications if any; in order to avoid drug interactions. Common to possible side effects of Pentasa may include hair loss, acne, diarrhea, dizziness, sensitivity to sunlight, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, gas, joint pain, stomach discomfort, and loss of appetite or nausea.
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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.