Change in medication brand.

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   Posted 12/4/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I received a load of medication from the hospital when I was discharged. The mesalazine tablets are 'Pentasa', 4 x 500mg tablets twice a day.

This has now run out and I've got my first lot from the chemist.
I notice it's a different brand: 'Salofalk', and they're 250mg tablets. I just wondered if anyone thinks it matters changing brands like this?

I think I'll give the chemist a phone tomorrow, I don't fancy having to take 16 tablets a day instead of 8!

Come to think of it, that would take me to a total of 26 tablets per day!

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   Posted 12/4/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hm. I looked up Salofalk and it seems like it's pretty much the same thing, just from a different region I guess... I would definitely call up your doctor and see what is going on or maybe even ask the pharmacist. There might be a reason they dispensed it that way (insurance coverage maybe) but 16 pills as opposed to 8 is not a pleasant change, so if I were you I'd see if they would do something about it!
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   Posted 12/4/2007 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably your national health insurance provides for Salofalk as the first-line treatment because it is the most cost-effective. Some of us benefit from one drug, some from another. If your symptoms seem to be getting worse as you take it, you'll need to call your healthcare provider (I take it that's a nurse) and report that. The different 5-ASA medications are released in different parts of the colon and may work differently depending upon where your disease is or your individual response to the drug.
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