What is a Generic Drug?

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.

Loniten (Minoxidil)

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Brand

Loniten (Minoxidil)

Prescription Required

Strength
Qty
2.5mg
10mg

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Generic Equivalent - Loniten (Minoxidil)

Prescription Required

Strength
Qty
2.5mg
10mg

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  • Product Details

    Description

    Your doctor may prescribe Loniten medication if you have hypertension that is difficult to treat. Hypertension is a chronic condition where the blood pressure is too high and can cause damage to the body. Hypertension usually has no symptoms, but Loniten should only be used if you have symptomatic hypertension with or without end-organ damage. You also need to be on the maximum dosage of at least two other drugs for high blood pressure.

    Loniten works by relaxing blood vessels coming from the heart and leading into the arms and legs.

    Fact Table

    Formula

    C9H15N5O

    License

    US FDA

    Bioavailability

    1% to 4%

    Legal status

    US: OTC / Rx-only

    Chemical Name

    Minoxidil

    Elimination half-life

    4.2 h

    Dosage (Strength)

    2.5mg, 10mg

    Pregnancy

    No known risks

    Brands

    Regaine, Loniten, Keeps

    Protein binding

    No Binding

    PubChem CID

    4201

    MedlinePlus

    a682608

    ChEBI

    6942

    ATC code

    C02DC01

    DrugBank

    DB00350

    KEGG

    D00418

    Routes of administration

    By mouth, topical

    Directions

    The usual dosage of Loniten is 10-40 mg by mouth, either once daily or divided into multiple dosages.

    The dose may be as low as Loniten tablets 2.5 mg or as high as 100 mg.

    Do not change your dosage without consulting your physician first.

    Ingredients

    Loniten tablets are 2.5 mg or 10 mg sizes.

    The active ingredient in the drug is Minoxidil.

    Interactions

    There are many potential interactions with this medication, including:

    • Amlodipine
    • Amphetamine
    • Atenolol
    • Bisoprolol
    • Candesartan
    • Carvedilol
    • Chlorthalidone
    • Cocaine
    • Dexmethylphenidate
    • Dextroamphetamine
    • Epoprostenol
    • Guanethidine
    • Hydrochlorothiazide
    • Isosorbide
    • Lisinopril
    • Losartan
    • Methylphenidate
    • Metoprolol
    • Nadolol
    • Nitroglycerin
    • Oxymetazoline
    • Propranolol
    • Sildenafil
    • Tadalafil
    • Tranylcypromine
    • Vardenafil

    Tell your healthcare team about all drugs you are taking, including over-the-counter (OTC) medications and supplements.

    Cautions

    Your doctor should monitor your kidney function and fluid status while using this drug.

    Use caution if you have impaired kidney or liver function.

    Call your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash while taking this drug. Loniten may need to be stopped.

    Side Effects

    The most likely adverse effects to occur with this drug are: 

    • Angina
    • Bullous rash
    • Cardiac tamponade
    • Contact dermatitis
    • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
    • Edema
    • Erythema
    • Headache
    • Heart failure
    • Hypotension
    • Leukopenia
    • Nausea
    • Pericardial effusion
    • Pericarditis
    • Peripheral edema
    • Pruritus
    • Sinus tachycardia
    • Sodium retention
    • Thrombocytopenia
    • Vomiting

    References


    Loniten [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer; 2005.



    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12365

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