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.
Known as Asasantin Retard in the UK
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Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water. AGGRENOX can be taken with or without food. Do not crush, chew, break, or open the capsule. Swallow the pill whole.
Patients should not take this medication if:
Some patients who take AGGRENOX may experience side effects. The most common side effects of include headache, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Because AGGRENOX contains aspirin, the risk of bleeding is increased and it may take longer to stop bleeding.
AGGRENOX may cause serious side effects such as:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.