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.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe Ofev to treat certain lung conditions. It can be prescribed for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the treatment of chronic fibrosing interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) with a progressive phenotype, or to slow lung damage in people with systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD).
Ofev is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. It blocks several signal molecules called kinases that are involved in these types of lung diseases.
Take Ofev exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
The usual Ofev dosing is 150 mg by mouth twice daily with food.
Your doctor may lower the dose to 100 mg twice daily if you experience side effects or have liver damage.
Nintedanib is the active ingredient in Ofev.
Ofev has the potential to interact with many different drugs including:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before you start Ofev to review your medication list for interactions. This is not a complete list.
Your doctor will measure your liver function and administer a pregnancy test to certain patients before starting Ofev.
Ofev cannot be used in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of clotting or bleeding disorders.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of gastrointestinal problems.
The most common side effects of Ofev may include:
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