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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This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including those that cause acne. This medication is also used to prevent malaria.
•Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking doxycycline and each time you get a refill •If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist •This medication is best taken by mouth on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, usually 1 or 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor •Take this medication with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless directed otherwise •If stomach upset occurs, taking it with food or milk may help •However, doxycycline may not work as well if you take it with food or milk (or anything high in calcium - more details below ), so ask your doctor or pharmacist if you may take it that way •Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication •Take this medication 2 to 3 hours before or after taking any products containing aluminum, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, or bismuth subsalicylate •Some examples include antacids, didanosine solution, quinapril, vitamins/minerals, dairy products (such as milk, yogurt), and calcium-enriched juice •These products bind with doxycycline, preventing your body from fully absorbing the drug •When using to prevent malaria, this medication is usually taken once daily •Take the first dose of this medication 1 to 2 days before travel or as directed by your doctor •Continue to take this medication daily while in the malarious area •Upon returning home, you should keep taking this medication for 4 more weeks •If you are unable to finish this course of doxycycline, contact your doctor •If you are using the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose •Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon •Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose •The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment •For children, the dosage may also be based on weight •For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times •To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day •Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days •Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection •Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Inactive ingredients in the tablet formulation are: microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate. Film-coating contains: polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, talc, FD&C Blue #1 (75 mg Tablet), FD&C Blue #2 (150 mg Tablet) and yellow iron oxide (150 mg Tablet). Acticlate Tablets, 75 mg contain 0.34 mg (0.0146 mEq) of sodium. Acticlate Tablets, 150 mg contain 0.68 mg (0.0295 mEq) of sodium.
•Do not use in children under 8 years •Take 2 hours before and after minerals & antacids •Swallow whole with water. Do not lie down for 10min •Not recommended during pregnancy. •Brush teeth and see your dentist regularly •Swallow with 8 oz water. Do not lie down for 10min •Space doses evenly throughout the day. •Take on empty stomach 1hr prior or 2 hr after meals •Follow directions carefully •Do not chew or crush. OK to split tablet if scored •Success is dependent on completing therapy course •May take with food/milk if directed by doctor. •Report severe diarrhea or abdominal pain to doctor. •Skin may be more prone to sunburn; Use sunscreen •Watch for oral thrush or vaginal yeast infections. •Keep in a cool, dry place or in a refrigerator. •Call doctor if you are not getting better
Common side effects •Dental discoloration •Nausea •Vomiting