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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Take generic Lescol exactly according to the prescriptions your doctor has provided. This medicine is to be taken once or twice each day (according to your doctor’s suggestion). It is to be taken at the same time each day.
The tablet must be swallowed as a whole. It must not be crushed, chewed, broken or opened. Tell your doctor if you have trouble swallowing the pill.
You may need to stop using fluvastatin for a short time if you have:
The ingredients include:
Consult your doctor if you become pregnant. Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Fluvastatin can cause breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have a fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
To make sure you can safely take fluvastatin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
The common side effects are: