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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.
NICORETTE is a medicine which can help you stop smoking by reducing withdrawal symptoms and nicotine cravings. To increase your chances of quitting use with a stop smoking support program as identified in the enclosed Users Guide.
Chew one NICORETTE piece slowly and intermittently for 30 minutes whenever you get the desire to smoke. Most people require approximately 10 pieces per day. Do not exceed 20 pieces per day.
Each piece of NICORETTE contains 4mg of nicotine as indicated on the package.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions concerning NICORETTE. Protect from light.