Is Rowasa the same in generic form?

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   Posted 11/12/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI put me back on Rowasa enemas, but the pharmacy only has the generic.  Is it all the same mesalamine?

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 11/12/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Generic is always suppose to be the same as the "real" thing. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I think legally it has to be the same.
dx 4/05 with pancolitis UC after birth of my second child... meds worked randomly
SCD and vit e enema remission for 18 months and had another drug free baby 10/06
Let flare get out of control and even steroids wouldn't work 7/07 - docs wanted surgery
lialda x4 daily and started remicade 10/26/07

Trixy's Got Butt Trouble
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 356
   Posted 11/12/2007 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't do well with the generic. The bottle is bigger, the tip is longer and the bottle is harder to squeeze; therefore getting all the product out is difficult and I've actually jabbed my rectum trying. I hate the generic and it usually doesn't relieve my symptoms like Rowasa. Maybe it is psycological, but I have no other issues with other generic drugs.

When I told my pharmacist this, he said I was not the only one who has complained about the generic brand. And for me, it wasn't worth switching for the measly 20 dollars I saved.
Best Wishes,
Trixy (39)
dx Pancolitis, mild, w/more activity on left side & IBS
12 Asacol a day;
1 Rowasa at night during flare/1 a week during remission;
Nexium; Probiotic; Multi-Vitamin; Flax Seed Oil
UC manifesting to other organs: joints, eyes (Iritis) & skin (Erythema Nodusom)
Controlling w/MEDS & DIET (eliminating animal protein, white flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, & nightshade veggies)
Current Status:  Ending 5 month remission w/mini-flare :-(

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