Consumer guide to generic drugs.
Asking your doctor to prescribe generic medications when they are available and appropriate is a smart way to cut down on your healthcare costs.
1. Is there a generic version of my medication?
2. Are generics right for me?
3. Are there any risks (side effects or reactions) if I change medications?
Questions to ask your pharmacist
1. Is there a generic version of my drug available?
2. Can I substitute my drug with the generic?
3. Will I have different side effects?
4. Does this generic look different than my brand-name medicine?
5. Are there any special instructions I should know about before I take this drug?
Glossary of terms:
* The specific chemical ingredient that makes a drug work.
* The first approved version of a drug.
* Equivalent versions of brand-name drugs approved for safety, efficacy, quality, and purity by the Food & Drug Administration.
* Ingredients that are used only as additives for color, flavor, binding, or bulk.
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|Publication:||Consumer Guide to Generic Drugs|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Mar 9, 2009|
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