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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Coumadin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in the body. It is commonly used to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots in veins and arteries. It is often prescribed for patients with certain types of irregular heartbeat and after a heart attack or heart valve replacement surgery. It works by stopping the formation of substances that cause clots.
Take Coumadin as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Take Coumadin at the same time every day; it can be taken with or without food. Avoid dieting to lose weight while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if your body weight changes for any reason.
Before taking Coumadin, tell your doctor about:
You should not take Coumadin if you have:
Other important information patient should be aware of:
Common side effects may include:
Serious side effects may include:
Seek emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction including hives, difficulty breathing and/or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
If you have not been eating well, if you have an illness or infection that causes fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for more than 2 days, or if you start using any antibiotic medications, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately because these conditions can affect how Coumadin works.