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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Your doctor may prescribe Asendin if you suffer from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). MDD is a mood disorder that impacts daily living. Symptoms may include sleepiness, hopelessness, loss of interest, irritability, weight change, or thoughts of suicide.
Asendin works by increasing the amounts of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These chemical signals work in the brain to produce thoughts, feelings, and moods.
The starting dosage of Asendin is 25-50 mg by mouth 1-3 times per day. The effective dose usually ranges from 200-300 mg divided 2-3 times per day.
The maximum recommended dosage is 400 mg per day.
The active ingredient in Asendin is amoxapine. Asendin is the brand name for this medication.
Common drug-drug interactions with Asendin may include:
Tell your healthcare team about all medications you are taking before starting Asendin.
Do not stop taking Asendin without speaking with your doctor. Symptoms of discontinuation syndrome may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, sweating, and other symptoms. You may need a slow taper to safely stop this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have any concerning mood changes while taking this medication.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about additional precautions that may apply to you.
Amoxapine side effects may include the following common ones:
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