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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.
Sulfasalazine is a drug that is used primarily for treating ulcerative colitis. It is a prodrug, that is, it is not active in its ingested form. It is broken down by bacteria in the colon into 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA), and sulfapyridine.
Adult doses range from 1000 mg to 4000 mg daily. Sulfasalazine is administered 2 to 4 times daily depending on the disease for which it is used. Sulfasalazine should be taken with a full glass of water after meals or with food to minimize upset stomach. Patients with kidney diseases may need to use lower doses of sulfasalazine.
Possible side effects of Azulfidine 500 mg are as follows. However, these are only temporary and may go away once the treatment is completed.