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Mesasal (Mesalamine)and/or alternatives
General Information on Mesasal
Mesasal is indicated for the treatment of acute inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s colitis. The drug is specifically used to manage and prevent relapse of ulcerative colitis.
Mesalamine (5-aminosalicylic acid), the main active ingredient in the medication, belongs to a group of medicines known as salicylates. It works to reduce inflammation in the large intestine and also controls other symptoms.
Mesasal is available in the form of a tablet and a suppository. The tablet is available in two strengths- Mesasal 250mg and Mesasal 500mg. You may buy Mesasal online, but you must consult your doctor before using it in any form as it is a prescription only drug and may also cause health complications.
Side effects of Mesasal
You should not buy Mesasal if you are hypersensitive to any ingredient in it. It may not be the right medication for people with specific medical problems. Before starting the treatment, tell your doctor about your medical problems such as heart problems, reduced kidney function/liver function, or pyloric stenosis.
Mesasal may cause mild to severe side effects in some people. Mild headache, dizziness, acne, stomach cramps, indigestion, loss of hair, nausea, loss of appetite, gas, back/joint pain, diarrhea, heartburn, or vomiting are some less serious side effects associated with the medication. These side effects wane with time as your body gets used to the drug and can also be treated by your doctor. If any side effects become bothersome or persist, consult your doctor.
Some people may also experience severe side effects after taking a dose of Mesasal. Severe headaches, mood swings, anxiety, fast heartbeat, pale or blue skin, swelling of the stomach, unusual weakness/tiredness, itching or skin rashes are some severe side effects associated with the drug. This is not a complete list of severe side effects. Stop using Mesasal and seek medical attention immediately if you notice any severe side effects after using the drug.
Mesasal should not be used for pediatric patients. Elderly patients have reduced kidney function, so regular monitoring of kidney function is necessary if the drug is prescribed to geriatric patients. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should buy Mesasal only after learning about the risks and benefits of using the drug from their doctor.
Dosage of Mesasal
Your doctor will provide specific instructions regarding the dosage. The dosage depends on the form of medication prescribed in the treatment. The recommended Mesasal dose to treat Crohn’s disease and acute ulcerative colitis is two Mesasal 250mg tablets three times daily. The recommended dose to maintain and prevent relapse of acute ulcerative colitis is one Mesasal 250mg tablet three times daily.
Your doctor may recommend a different dose other than the ones mentioned above. Take the medication 30 minutes prior to eating your meal. Swallow the tablet whole, and do not crush or chew it.
Mesasal may potentially interact with other medicines you are using and cause side effects. It may interact with drugs such as Furosemide, Digoxine, Spironolactone, Azathioprine, Sulfinpyrazone, Probenecid, Warfarin, Lactulose, NSAIDs, Thioguanine, Methotrexate, or 6-Mercaptopurine.
Before you buy Mesasal, inform your doctor about every medicine you are using, which includes prescription drugs, over the counter medications, and herbal supplements.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the 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 comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as 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 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 comparable 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 be comparable in strength and dosage to 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 comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
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.