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.
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Acetylcysteine is an inhaled medication that helps thin and loosen mucus in the airways to make breathing easier in patients with lung diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and pneumonia.
Inhale acetylcysteine as directed by your doctor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
Your doctor will show you how to use acetylcysteine and tell you how often you should use it.
Acetylcysteine is the active ingredient.
Do not use acetylcysteine if you are allergic to the medication or to any of its other ingredients.
Acetylcysteine side effects include nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, and a runny nose. Other side effects may also occur. Call your doctor right away if you develop side effects that bother you or won’t go away.
Acetylcysteine. First Databank, Inc.; 2022.