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.
This combination product contains three medications: glycopyrronium, indacaterol, and mometasone. Glycopyrronium belongs to the group of medications called long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMA). Indacaterol belongs to the group of medications called long-acting bronchodilators. These medications work in different ways to relax the muscles in the walls of the small air passages in the lungs, keeping the air passages open and making it easier to breathe. Mometasone belongs to the group of medications called corticosteroids. It helps to control difficulty breathing by reducing the swelling in the airways of the lungs.
Glycopyrronium - indacaterol mometasone is inhaled into the lungs through the mouth. Do not swallow this medication. The recommended adult dose of glycopyrronium - indacaterol mometasone is to inhale the contents of one capsule once daily, using the Breezhaler inhaler device that comes in the package with the medication. Your health care professional should show you how to use the device. If you are not sure about how to use the device, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Each hard capsule filled with powder for inhalation contains 150 mg of indacaterol (as acetate), 50 mg of glycopyrronium (as bromide), and 160 mg mometasone furoate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carrageenan, hypromellose, lactose (as monohydrate), magnesium stearate, potassium chloride, and purified water.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication Interactions Do not take this medication if you are allergic to glycopyrronium, indacaterol, or mometasone, or any ingredients of the medication.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor. The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects. abdominal cramps cough diarrhea dry mouth headache itchy skin mouth and throat pain or irritation muscle, bone, or joint pain muscle spasm nausea rash voice changes, hoarseness vomiting Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat pain or difficulty passing urine symptoms of cataracts (e.g., clouding of the lens of the eye, blurred vision, dim vision, eye pain) symptoms of glaucoma (e.g., blurred vision, seeing halos of bright colours around lights, red eyes, increased pressure in your eyes, eye pain or discomfort) symptoms of high blood sugar (e.g., frequent urination, increased thirst, excessive eating, unexplained weight loss, poor wound healing, infections, fruity breath odour) symptoms of thrush (yeast infection in the mouth and throat; white patches in the mouth, sore throat) symptoms of a urinary tract infection (e.g., pain when urinating, urinating more often than usual, low back or flank pain) vision changes (e.g., distorted or blurred vision) if any of the following occur: chest tightness and coughing immediately after using the inhaler signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat) Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.