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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.
Previcox is a veterinary prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to control pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis in dogs. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition caused by wear and tear of cartilage and other parts of the joints that may result in the following changes or signs in your dog: Limping or lameness. Decreased activity or exercise (reluctant to stand, climb stairs, jump or run, or difficulty in performing these activities) Stiffness or decreased movement of joints. Indications: For the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs.
Previcox should be administered orally at a dose of 5.0 mg/kg (2.27 mg/lb) body weight daily. Refer to package insert for full product information.
Side effects of Previcox may include changes in appetite, gastro-intestinal changes such as vomiting, diarrhea, black or bloody stools. Changes in behavior, incoordination, seizures or aggression. Jaundice which may show as yellowing of the gums, skin and whites of eyes. Increase in drinking. Changes in the frequency of urination. Skin irritation, skin redness, crusting, scabs or scratching. Weight loss may also be a side effect.
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or other NSAIDs. Previcox should only be used in dogs 7 weeks of age or older and over 6 pounds bodyweight. The use of Previcox in pregnant, lactating or breeding dogs is not recommended as it's use has not been evaluated in this group. Previcox should not be given with other NSAIDs such as aspirin, carprofen, etodolac, deracoxib, meloxicam or tepoxalin. Previcox should not be given with corticosteroids such as prednisone, cortisone, dexamethasone or triamcinolone.