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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: ESTRADIOL (ess-tra-DYE-ole)
VAGIFEM is a form of female hormone called estrogen. It is usually given to women who no longer are able to produce the proper amount of hormone. It is used to treat certain symptoms of menopause such as dryness, burning, and itching of the vaginal area. VAGIFEM also reduces urgency or irritation of urination.
Some VAGIFEM products placed directly into the vagina are used for "local" treatment of vaginal menopause symptoms involving the secretions and surrounding tissues of the vagina. Others are used for treating menopause symptoms affecting the vagina as well as other parts of the body (such as hot flashes). This type of vaginal estradiol has "systemic" effects, meaning that it can affect parts of the body other than where the medicine is placed or applied. Use this medication as directed by your doctor. Read the patient instructions provided with the medication.
Do not change your doses of medication schedule without your doctor's advice.
Before patients start taking this medication, they should be aware of important safety information. Please see below for important information:
VAGIFEM given alone and with another hormone such as progestin for replacement therapy after menopause have sometimes caused rare but very serious side effects. Discuss the risks and benefits of hormone treatment and your personal health history with your doctor.
Common side effects may include: