- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Pentasa* used for?
Generic for Pentasa* (Mesalamine/Mesalazine) is prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis, as well as proctosigmoiditis and proctitis. Mesalamine/Mesalazine is an aminosalicylate anti-inflammatory drug that is also used to prevent the recurrence of ulcerative colitis symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. Besides, it is indicated for the maintenance of remission of ulcerative colitis. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Pentasa*?
The dosage of Generic for Pentasa* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Pentasa*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Pentasa* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Generic for Pentasa*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Pentasa*, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are shortness of breath, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, and vomiting.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Pentasa*?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Pentasa*.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Generic for Pentasa*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Generic for Pentasa* can interact with antiviral medicines, cancer medicines, antibiotics, antidiabetic medications, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Pentasa*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Pentasa* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Pentasa* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Pentasa* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Pentasa* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Pentasa* can cause side effects such as dizziness, weakness, constipation, vomiting, mild nausea, flu-like symptoms, and sore throat. Some of the serious side effects of this drug include shortness of breath, bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, yellowing of the eyes/skin, and chest pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Pentasa*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Pentasa*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Pentasa* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Pentasa*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Pentasa*?
How will Generic for Pentasa* work in my body?
How should Generic for Pentasa* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Pentasa* drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Generic for Pentasa*, inform your doctor if you are allergic to aspirin or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, and asthma. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Limit alcoholic beverages. Exercise caution while driving, or performing other activities that require alertness.