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.
Bydureon is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is used together with other antidiabetes medicines in adult patients whose blood glucose (sugar) levels are not adequately controlled with the maximum tolerated doses of the other medicines. It can be used with metformin, a sulphonylurea, a thiazolidinedione, metformin and a sulphonylurea, or metformin and a thiazolidinedione. Each single-dose kit contains one vial of 2mg exenatide, one pre-filled syringe of 0.65ml solvent, one vial connector, and two injection needles (one spare)
The most common side effects seen with Bydureon were mainly problems affecting the stomach and gut (nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation). Nausea was the most common single side effect, which was mainly seen at the start of treatment and decreased over time. In addition, reactions at the site of injection (itching), low blood sugar levels (when used with a sulphonylurea) and headache occurred.