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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Quilonum SR is used to treat mental illness. It is taken both to treat and prevent episodes of mood swing, either up (mania) or down (depression), in a condition called either manic-depression or bipolar disorder.
Quilonum SR tablets contain inactive ingredients including povidone, maize starch, lactose monohydrate, gelatin, carmellose calcium, purified talc, calcium behenate, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, macrogol 6000, and Edudragit E 100 PI (1753).
The ability to tolerate lithium is greater during the acute manic phase and decreases when manic symptoms subside. Vomiting, diarrhoea, intercurrent infection, fluid deprivation, excess sweating and some drugs may reduce the renal clearance of lithium and thereby precipitate intoxication.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the following after taking Quilonum SR. Mild side effects which may disappear without stopping treatment include: • mild nausea • loose bowel motions • taste impairment • abdominal discomfort • tiredness