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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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Myfortic is an immunosuppressant used with other medicines to prevent organ rejection following kidney, liver, or heart transplants. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for taking Myfortic provided by your doctor. Myfortic comes with a MEDICATION GUIDE approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read it carefully each time you refill Myfortic. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Myfortic. TAKE MYFORTIC by mouth on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating unless your doctor tells you otherwise. SWALLOW MYFORTIC WHOLE. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing. DO NOT TAKE AN ANTACID that has aluminum or magnesium in it within 3 hours of Myfortic. IF YOU TAKE A CALCIUM-FREE PHOSPHATE BINDER (sevelamer), take it 2 hours after taking Myfortic. STORE MYFORTIC at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. IF YOU MISS A DOSE of Myfortic, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking Myfortic 360mg include anxiety; back pain; constipation; cough; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; loss of appetite; mild stomach pain; mild tiredness or weakness; nausea; upset stomach; tremor; trouble sleeping; or vomiting. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blood in urine; bloody or black stools; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain or pounding in the chest; fainting; irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes (eg, abnormal thinking); night sweats; numbness, tingling, or swelling of the arms, legs, hands, ankles, or feet; severe headache, dizziness, or blurred vision; severe vomiting or stomach pain; shortness of breath; swollen glands; symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, cough, or sore throat); symptoms of urinary tract infection (eg, difficult, frequent, or painful urination; blood in urine; lower stomach or back pain); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or persistent tiredness or weakness; unusual skin lumps or growths; unusual weight loss; vomiting blood that looks like coffee grounds; white patches in mouth or throat; or yellowing of the skin or eyes.