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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.
Exjade is an iron-chelating agent. It binds to the extra iron in the blood and removes it from the body.
Exjade is used to treat high levels of iron in the blood caused by blood transfusions in adults and children at least 2 years old.
Exjade may also be used for purposes as determined by your doctor.
Take Exjade on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before you eat.
Do not chew, crush, or swallow the Exjade tablet whole. Place it into a glass of water, orange juice, or apple juice and allow the tablet to disperse in the liquid. The Exjade tablet will not dissolve completely. Drink this mixture right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more liquid to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
Chemical Name: deferasirox (de FER a sir ox)
Before taking Exjade, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, a history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, or problems with your hearing or vision.
While you are taking Exjade, do not take antacids that contain aluminum, such as Amphojel, Gaviscon, Maalox, Mi-Acid, Mylanta, Rulox, and others.
Stop using Exjade and call your doctor if you have a severe skin rash, weakness or fainting, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood, severe stomach pain spreading to your back, vision or hearing loss, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, chills, flu symptoms, urinating less than usual or not at all, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).