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 Brimica Genuair in the UK
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DUAKLIR PRESSAIR (aclidinium bromide/formoterol fumarate inhalation powder) is indicated for the maintenance treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Aclidinium bromide/Formoterol fumarate dihydrate
Before you use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: ? have heart problems ? have high blood pressure ? have seizures ? have thyroid problems ? have diabetes ? have eye problems especially glaucoma. DUAKLIR PRESSAIR may make your glaucoma worse. ? have prostate or bladder problems, or problems passing urine. DUAKLIR PRESSAIR may make these problems worse. ? are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if DUAKLIR PRESSAIR can harm your unborn baby. ? are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if the medicines, aclidinium bromide and formoterol fumarate in DUAKLIR PRESSAIR pass into your breast milk and if they can harm your baby. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. DUAKLIR PRESSAIR and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take: ? anticholinergics (including umeclidinium, tiotropium, ipratropium, aclidinium, glycopyrrolate). ? other LABA medicines (including formoterol, arformoterol, salmeterol, vilanterol, indacaterol, olodaterol). ? atropine