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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 CONJUGATED ESTROGENS(ESS-troe-jenz) and MEDROXYPROGESTERONE (me-DROX-ee-proe-JESS-te-rone) Prempro is used to relieve the signs of menopause (such as hot flashes and unusual sweating, chills, faintness or dizziness), treat inflammation of the vagina and of the genital area, and to prevent the loss of bone that begins at the time of menopause. This medicine is an estrogen and progesterone combination used to treat the symptoms of menopause. It may also be used to treat certain menstrual disorders, osteoporosis, or other conditions as determined by your doctor. Alternative medicines to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) include raloxifene and bisphosphonate drugs such as alendronate
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes abdominal cramps, back pain, body aches or pain, breast pain or tenderness, diarrhea, dryness or soreness of throat, fever, flushing or redness of skin, general feeling of discomfort or illness, headache, severe throbbing, hoarseness, nausea, pain, passing of gas, shivering, shortness of breath or troubled breathing, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose, stomach discomfort following meals, unusual tiredness, and voice changes