Chemical Name: Clodronate (KLA-dronayt)
Bisphosphonates, such as clodronate (BONEFOS), are used to treat problems arising from malignant tumors that have metastasized to sites in the skeleton. Clodronate (BONEFOS) is used for the treatment and prevention of hypercalcaemia, bone pain, and fractures due to malignant osteolysis, "erosion of bone", especially in breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and prostate cancer. Clodronate (BONEFOS) treats the harmful effects of cancer in your bones by reducing the risk of fractures, normalizing the elevated levels of calcium in your blood, relieves bone pain and protects your bones from further damage. Clodronate (BONEFOS) acts by inhibiting the process of formation of tumor metastases in the bones. Osteolysis, the abnormal destruction of bone, happens due to increased activity of the bone resorbing cells, called osteoclasts. BONEFOS effectively inhibits the activity of these cells.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication include diarrhea, nausea and skin rashes.
Product Code: 1381
What is a Generic Drug?
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.