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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Follow the prescription and meal plan given by your doctor. You may also follow the guidelines given on the prescription label. Glucotrol XL will only work if you follow proper diet and exercise on a regular basis. Don’t worry if you observe a part of the tablet in your stool after your body has absorbed the medicine as this is normal.
The dose of Glucotrol XL will vary from person to person. The amount of dosage (Glipizide ER 5mg and Glipizide ER 10mg) that you consume will depend on the strength of the medication and the medical issue for which you are taking the medicine.
Initially take Glipizide ER 5mg once every day with breakfast. Eventually, your doctor will increase the dose to Glipizide ER 10mg.
Each Glucotrol XL tablets contains:
Glucotrol XL contains inactive ingredients that can cause harmful reactions. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the side effects listed above. Also, if you are pregnant, wanting to get pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss the threats and advantages of this medicine with your physician first.
Some adverse reactions of Glucotrol XL are: