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 Fosavance in the UK
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Alendronate and cholecalciferol tablets need to be taken once every week. It is up to you to choose the day of the week that best fits your schedule and take the tablets that day each week. It is recommended to take the Fosamax plus tablet first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything or take any other medicine. It also needs to be taken with a full glass about 6 to 8 ounces of water. Make sure to use only plain water and not mineral water when taking this medicine. You should not crush, chew, or suck the tablet and instead swallow the pill whole.
Fosamax plus tablets contain Alendronate monosodium salt trihydrate, the molar equivalent of 70 mg of free acid, and 70 or 140 mcg of cholecalciferol, equivalent to 2800 or 5600 international units vitamin D, respectively.
Each tablet also contains:
Take all medicines with a doctor’s recommendation. Do not overdose.
Possible side effects of this medicine are: