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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Chemical Name: Ipratropium Bromide(i-pra-TROE-pee-um BROE-mide) and Albuterol (al-BYOO-ter-ole)
Albuterol is also known as Salbutemol Suplhate.
Combivent is a metered dose inhaler with 200 doses. The combination of ipratropium and albuterol, a bronchodilator, is used with other bronchodilators to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It relaxes and opens the air passages to the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication include cough, dry mouth or throat irritation, nervousness, dizziness, headache, upset stomach and joint or muscle pain.