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 Mezavant in the UK
Take the dose of Lialda medication for colitis as prescribed by the doctor and not in a larger or smaller amount than recommended. Try to take Mesalamine generic with one full glass of water.
Mesalamine extended-release capsules (Lialda) should only be taken with a meal. Do not chew, break or crush the pill. Swallow the whole pill. Try to keep the capsules at room temperature and away from moisture and heat.
Ingredients in Lialda include:
Take the medication as recommended by the doctor. Do not use it if any of the following problems may occur:
Do not use the treatment if you are allergic to Mesalamine, aspirin or other salicylates.
Following are the side effects of using this medication: