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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.
Chemical Name IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE (i-pra-TROE-pee-um BROE-mide)
Each inhaler has 200 doses.
Atrovent inhaler is a bronchodilator, used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. It relaxes and opens the air passages to the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes nervousness, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, upset stomach, constipation, cough, dry mouth or throat irritation and blurred vision.
Some serious side effects that require immediate consultation with a doctor are bladder pain, bloody urine, cough producing mucus, painful urination, difficulty breathing, frequent urination, lower back/side pain, breath shortness, tight chest, wheezing.
Minor side effects which do not require medical attention are dry mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, sinus pain, dizziness, stuffy nose, constipation, discomfort and loss of appetite.