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.
This medicine increases red blood cell production and is used to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney failure or certain types of cancers. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include dizziness; cough; constipation; mild headache; or mild nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience pain, swelling, irritation, redness, or bruising at the injection site; or muscle, joint, back, stomach, or arm pain. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience redness, tenderness, swelling, or pain of the calf or leg; shortness of breath; chest pain; unusual tiredness or weakness; swelling of the arms or legs; flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, sore throat; blurred vision or sudden vision changes; fast or irregular heartbeat; seizures; one-sided weakness; slurred speech; confusion; severe headache; or dehydration. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.