A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Asacol HD (mesalamine) is an anti-inflammatory drug. It is used to treat ulcerative colitis in adult patients. Asacol HD comes as an 800mg tablet with a delayed-release coating.
Mesalamine is the active ingredient in Asacol HD. There are multiple inactive ingredients. You can find a full list of ingredients by clicking here.
|Routes of administration||By mouth (tablets)|
|Legal status||US: RX Only|
|Elimination half-life||5 hours|
|Dosage (Strength)||250mg, 400mg, 800mg|
|Pregnancy||No risk in other studies|
|Brands||Asacol HD, Lialda, Pentasa|
Asacol HD can cause the following side effects: