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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Exforge HCT (Amlodipine, Valsartan, and HCTZ)
Exforge HCT is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Exforge HCT contains a combination of amlodipine, hydrochlorothiazide, and valsartan. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker and relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow. Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic that helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention. Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Valsartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
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Take Exforge HCT tablets orally with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. If you take this drug too close to bedtime, you may need to wake up to urinate. Therefore, it is best to take this medication at least 4 hours before your bedtime. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
If you also take certain drugs to lower your cholesterol, take them at least 4 hours before or at least 4 to 6 hours after these medications.
The active ingredients in Exforge HCT tablets are amlodipine besylate, valsartan, and hydrochlorothiazide.
While the non-active ingredients include cellulose – microcrystalline, crospovidone, silica - colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, macrogol 4000, and talc - purified
Consume plenty of water as the medicine may cause dehydration. Let your doctor know your medical history and other medications that you consume to avoid any future adverse reactions.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or a headache may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If these side effects worsen or continue to persist, contact your doctor immediately. To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
This product may cause dehydration. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of dehydration or mineral loss, including extreme thirst, very dry mouth, muscle cramps/weakness, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, and confusion.
In case of any serious side effects like fainting, severe tiredness, joint pain, swelling of hands, feet, and ankles, muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat, fever, persistent sore throat, signs of kidney problems, a decrease in vision or eye pain, consult your doctor immediately.