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.
COZAAR is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and it also lowers the risk of stroke in certain people with heart disease. It keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. COZAAR is used to slow long-term kidney damage in people with type 2 diabetes who also have high blood pressure.
Before using COZAAR, patients should be aware of the following:
All medications may cause side effects, but usually patients have no, or minor, side effects. Common side effects of COZAAR may include: