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 Estalis Continuous in the UK
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CombiPatch is a transdermal hormone therapy (HT) patch that contains both estrogen and progestin and is designed specifically for postmenopausal women who still have their uterus. When applied just twice a week, CombiPatch helps to treat moderate to severe hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with CombiPatch to control these problems. If you use CombiPatch only to treat menopausal changes in and around your vagina, talk with your healthcare provider about whether a topical vaginal product would be better for you. CombiPatch is a small and discreet patch, and using its innovative Delivery Optimized Thermodynamics (DOT) Matrix™ technology, provides a continuous release of hormones through your skin and directly into your bloodstream. That means you can get effective symptom relief and a smaller daily dose of hormones than with HT pills. This difference does not mean that CombiPatch is safer or more effective than hormone therapy pills or other hormone therapies. CombiPatch also provides options for you and your doctor. Learn about two dosing regimens, what bleeding patterns you can expect, and how you and your doctor can work together to meet your changing needs.
Home What Makes CombiPatch Different? How CombiPatch Works CombiPatch Dosing Regimens Continuous Combined Regimen Continuous Sequential Regimen How to Use CombiPatch Questions to Ask Your Doctor FAQs About Menopause Savings Pay As Little As $25* Start saving ? *See full program terms and conditions, including max benefit, on the CombiPatch Copay Savings Offer. How to Use CombiPatch® It's easy to use CombiPatch. Just follow these steps. 1. Use the calendar to the right to choose which two days of the week you are going to change your patch. Your CombiPatch individual carton contains a calendar card printed in its inner flap. Mark the two-day schedule you plan to follow on your carton's inner flap. Be consistent. If you forget to change your patch on the correct date, apply a new one as soon as you remember. No matter what day this happens, stick to the schedule you have marked on the inner flap of your carton (your calendar card). 2. Before you apply the CombiPatch System, prepare your skin. Make sure your skin is: Clean (freshly washed), dry and cool. Free of any powder, oil, moisturizer or lotion. Free of cuts and or irritations (rashes or other skin problems).