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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Osphena is an oral medication that is used to treat different symptoms of menopause, including severe dyspareunia (painful vaginal intercourse) and vaginal dryness due to menopause.
Osphena is used for the treatment of symptoms of menopause but can increase your risk for other diseases. Talk with your doctor carefully before starting this drug.
Take Osphena exactly as directed by your doctor. The standard dosage is 60 mg by mouth once daily.
The active ingredient in Osphena is ospemifene.
Ospemifene has two mechanisms, it activates certain estrogen receptors and shuts off other receptors. By doing so, it regulates the amount of estrogen activation in different tissues of the body.
Common drug-drug interactions with Osphena can include:
Do not take Osphena if you have a history of endometrial cancer or uterine cancer. You should be regularly screened for cancer risk if you are taking Osphena.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of clotting disorders like deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or heart attack.
When taking Osphena, some of the more common side effects can include:
Let your healthcare team know if you are experiencing any of the above side effects. You may need to stop the medication if symptoms are severe.
Osphena. Florham Park, NJ: Shionogi Inc; 1/2019.