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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.
ACETYLCYSTEINE Common Uses: This medicine is a mucolytic used to thin mucus secretions in the lungs and bronchial tubes. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS MEDICINE IS SOMETIMES GIVEN through a nebulizer. Be sure to only use the nebulizer recommended by your doctor. IF THIS MEDICINE IS USED with a face mask, it may cause stickiness on your face. Remove the stickiness by washing your face with water after using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CHANGE COLOR in the opened bottle. This is harmless. STORE UNOPENED BOTTLES OF THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from heat and light. Opened bottles of undiluted solution may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE AND YOU ARE USING IT REGULARLY, use it as soon as possible and then go back to your regular dosing schedule.
If your breathing does not improve or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor. This medicine may initially produce a slight disagreeable odor that soon disappears. This is harmless. FOR WOMEN: IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. Possible Side Effects: SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include mouth or tongue irritation, nausea, vomiting, or runny nose. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Although not very serious, possible side effects may include: