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 important to take Afinitor as prescribed by your doctor. Failure to do so can have serious, and sometimes fatal effects.
Prior to taking Afinitor, talk to your doctor if you experience a breathing disorder like asthma or COPD. Additionally, if you have any history of:
Side effects of Afinitor can range from mild to severe. You may require emergency attention if you have trouble breathing, chest pains, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. Taking medications to manage heart or blood pressure (ACE inhibitors) could result in more severe side effects.
Common side effects include:
• nausea, vomiting
• diarrhea or constipation
• breathing problems including coughing
• pain or swelling
• hair loss
• skin problems, including acne, rash dry skin
• weight loss, loss of appetite
• mood swings
• dizziness or headaches
• high blood sugar
Should you experience any of the above side effects, contact your doctor.
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Taking Afinitor can have serious side effects, including:
• lung problems, including chest pains, shortness of breath
• kidney problems
• low blood cell count
• sign of infection
• liver problems
• ulcers or blisters in your mouth
• Swelling of the hands, ankles and feet
• Slow healing wounds
• Easy brusing and bleeding
• Extreme tiredness
• Missed or heavy periods
Notify your doctor right away if you experience any kidney problems including change in color (bloody) or amount of urine. Kidney problems caused by afinitor can be potentially fatal.
Afinitor can also cause fatal liver disease in people who have hepatitis B. It can also cause fatal lung problems.
Despite it’s severe side effects, Afinitor is prescribed when your doctor has determined that the benefits outweigh the risks.