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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.
Once-daily ANORO is a prescription medicine used long term to treat COPD for better breathing. ANORO is not used to treat sudden COPD symptoms and won't replace a rescue inhaler. ANORO is not for asthma. ANORO contains two medicines that work together to significantly improve lung function all day and all night. Results may vary. ANORO is a one inhalation, once-daily medication that helps keep airways open to improve COPD symptoms for better breathing.
ANORO can cause serious side effects, including: - sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine. If you experience this, stop using ANORO and call your healthcare provider right away. - serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms: •rash •hives •swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue •breathing problems - effects on heart •increased blood pressure •a fast or irregular heartbeat, awareness of heartbeat •chest pain - effects on nervous system •tremor •nervousness - new or worsened eye problems, including acute narrow-angle glaucoma that can cause permanent loss of vision if not treated. Symptoms may include: •eye pain or discomfort •nausea or vomiting •blurred vision •seeing halos or bright colors around lights •red eyes Common side effects of ANORO include: - sore throat - sinus infection - lower respiratory infection - common cold symptoms - constipation - diarrhea - pain in your arms or legs - muscle spasms - neck pain