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.
Known as Trajenta in the UK
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Tradjenta is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Tradjenta is not for people with type 1 diabetes. Tradjenta is not for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).
The most common side effects of Tradjenta include:
stuffy or runny nose and sore throat
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to Tradjenta are:
raised red patches on your skin (hives)
swelling of your face, lips, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing