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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Chemical Name FOSFOMYCIN (fos-foe-MYE-sin)
This medicine is an anti-infective used to treat urinary tract infections.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE, dissolve the contents of 1 packet in 3 to 4 ounces of water and drink immediately. Do not mix with hot water. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. IF YOU ARE ALSO TAKING a tetracycline (such as doxycycline), take it at least 2 hours before or after you take this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C), away from heat and light.
DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. This medicine may cause dizziness. USING THIS MEDICINE ALONE, WITH OTHER MEDICINES, OR WITH ALCOHOL may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. MILD DIARRHEA IS COMMON WITH ANTIBIOTIC USE. HOWEVER, A MORE SERIOUS FORM OF DIARRHEA (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor. This includes ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. FOR WOMEN IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include diarrhea, headache, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, or tiredness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience a change in vision or vaginal irritation or discharge. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience severe stomach cramps or pain; severe or bloody diarrhea; swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or unusual hoarseness. An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.