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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It is vital to take ACTOS exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take for longer than recommended. Taking this medication for longer than 1 year (12 months) may increase your risk of developing bladder cancer. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
ACTOS is generally taken once daily. You may take ACTOS with or without food. Ask your doctor how to adjust your ACTOS dose if needed. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your medical advice.
Patients should check their blood sugar often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office. Visit your doctor regularly. Use ACTOS regularly to get the most benefit.
When taking ACTOS with insulin or other diabetes medications, low blood sugar may occur. Talk to your doctor if low blood sugar is a problem for you. When taking ACTOS with insulin, the chance of fluid retention is increased, this may lead to or worsen heart failure. You should tell your doctor immediately if you develop fluid retention, especially in the ankles or legs.
Do not take ACTOS if you:
The most common side effects of these products include: