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.
Perindopril is an ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. Perindopril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to prevent heart attack in people with coronary artery disease.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking perindopril. You may take perindopril with or without food. Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be checked. Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking perindopril. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure. If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using perindopril. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
In addition to Perindopril erbumine, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: anhydrous lactose, silica hydrophobic colloidal anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, and magnesium stearate.
Do not use if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking perindopril and tell your doctor right away. You should not use perindopril if you have ever had angioedema. Do not take perindopril within 36 hours before or after taking medicine that contains sacubitril (such as Entresto). If you have diabetes, do not use perindopril together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. You may be more likely to have an allergic reaction if you are African-American. erindopril may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have: a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat; little or no urination; swelling, rapid weight gain; high potassium--nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement; pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding; or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). Common side effects of perindopril may include: dizziness; back pain; or cough. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.