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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Tarceva is a prescription tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) used for the treatment of certain types of cancers. It should only be prescribed by a provider specialized in the treatment of cancer.
Tarceva can treat certain types of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cancer and pancreatic cancer. It is commonly used along with other drugs.
Take Tarceva exactly as prescribed.
This drug should be taken on an empty stomach one hour before or two hours after meals.
The active ingredient in Tarceva is erlotinib.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:
There are many warnings and precautions associated with this drug. Speak with your pharmacist and doctor before starting this medication.
Common Tarceva side effects may include:
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Tarceva [package insert]. Melville, NY: OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 2010.