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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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Fosteum Plus is a specialized medical food product that may be prescribed for the management of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
The large bones of the body undergo a natural recycling process where the bone is broken down and replaced by new bone. As a person ages, their bone cells may recycle too much without appropriately replacing it. As the bones weaken, it can lead to a condition called osteopenia. Osteopenia is when the bones become more brittle, but there are no symptoms.
As the condition worsens, it can lead to Osteoporosis, and symptoms can include back pain, a stooped posture, loss of height, and frequent breaks of the bone.
Fosteum Plus works by increasing the rate at which bone tissue is rebuilt. It also helps to restore mineral density.
The standard directions are to take one tablet every 12 hours with or without food.
The active ingredients in Fosteum Plus are Genistein aglycone, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), trans-menaquinone-7 (vitamin K2), and citrated zinc bisglycinate.
Common drug-drug interactions can include:
Fosteum Plus has not been studied in patients with a history of breast cancer, uterine cancer, or ovarian cancer. Use caution if you have a history of these conditions before starting this medication.
Tell your doctor if you take warfarin before starting this medication.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Common Fosteum plus side effects can include:
Generally, Fosteum plus is well tolerated. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you experience the above side effects.
Fosteum Plus. Scottsdale, AZ: Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 2017.