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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Aspirin is a medication available as a prescription or, more commonly, over-the-counter (OTC). It is commonly used OTC to treat mild headaches and other painful conditions. Prescription aspirin is used to treat cardiovascular diseases that require platelet inhibition.
The common uses for aspirin include:
Aspirin works by blocking signal molecules in the bloodstream that contribute to pain signals and clot formation. Taking aspirin reduces the risk of clots and also lowers the feeling of pain.
Take aspirin exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
For cardiovascular health, the adult aspirin dose is 81-235 mg by mouth once daily.
For pain, the normal dose of aspirin is 325-975 mg by mouth every four to six hours as needed.
The active ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of the medications you are taking. Common drug-drug interactions may include:
Tell your doctor if you have a history of gastrointestinal bleed before taking aspirin.
Children and adolescents with flu-like symptoms or chickenpox should not use aspirin.
Ask your doctor and pharmacist for a full list of precautions that apply to you.
Common side effects with aspirin include:
Aspirin [package insert]. Whippany, NJ: Bayer; 2020.