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.
Known as Colazide in the UK
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Colazal, also known as Balsalazide, is an anti-inflammatory drug belonging to the group known as aminosalicylates. Colazal acts on the substance that causes inflammation, tissue damage and diarrhea in inflammatory bowel diseases. So, it is used in the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. It helps by reducing the symptoms of ulcerative colitis like diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. Balsalazide acts by reducing the swelling and inflammation in the colon. It is used in the treatment of adults and children who are at least 5 years old.
Colazal has a Giazo brand which is used for treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis in men who are at least 18 years old.
You can buy Colazal on the prescription of your doctor. Also, it can be easily purchased from Canada Pharmacy.
Once you are prescribed and buy Colazal, then it should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. The usual dose of Colazal is 3 times a day, taken orally with or without food.
If you have difficulty in swallowing the capsule, you can break it up and mix it with a spoonful of applesauce. Immediately swallow it.
Do not keep it or prepare an advance dose to store it. If you use this method of administering the drug, the yellow-orange color of the mixture may stain your teeth and tongue.
Colazal is takin for a short time period, i.e., 8 to 12 weeks. Consult your doctor if your condition shows no improvement or starts worsening.
Colazal's dose must never be increased, decreased, or altered by the patient without consulting his doctor.
The active ingredient in Colazal is Balsalazide 750 mg.
Before commencing your treatment with Colazal, the following factors must be discussed with your doctor, if you are experiencing any of them.
Caution should be taken by heart failure patients.
Immediately consult your doctor if any of the following side effects of Colazal start to appear.