What’s the difference between a brand-name medicine and a generic medicine?

Generic drugs often are a lower-cost option to brand-name drugs. A generic drug has the same active ingredient as its brand-name version, but might contain different fillers or coatings.

Important things to know about generic drugs:

  • Generic equivalent drugs always come in the same form (for example, a tablet or capsule) and dose as their brand-name version. You don’t have to take more of a generic drug to get the same results as its brand-name version.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure all FDA-approved generic drugs are as safe and effective as the brand-name medication.

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