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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Vagifem is available by prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.
During menopause, the body’s natural levels of estrogen decrease, causing changes in the vaginal walls. Vagifem helps to restore levels of estrogen and relieve the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
Vagifem is inserted intravaginally using the included applicator.
Insert one 10 or 25 mcg tablet vaginally once daily for two weeks, followed by one tablet twice weekly.
The active ingredient in Vagifem is Estradiol. The generic name for Vagifem is also Estradiol.
Vagifem is a topical medication, so very little absorbs into the bloodstream, and drug-drug interactions are unlikely. However, they can still occur under certain conditions. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:
Keep Vagimen out of reach of children.
You should not use Vagifem if you have any of the following:
This is not a full list of warnings. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to learn if any precautions apply to you.
The most common Vagifem side effects may include:
If Vagifem cost is an issue, ask your doctor for a prescription sent to Canada Pharmacy.
Vagifem [package insert]. Princeton, NJ: Novo Nordisk; 2009.