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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.
Ergotamine and caffeine are used together to treat migraine headache. Ergotamine works by constricting blood vessel walls in the head, relieving dilation that causes the pain of migraine headaches. Caffeine helps the ergotamine to be absorbed into the bloodstream more effectively. The tablets are most effective if taken at the first sign of a migraine headache. They are not effective for other types of headache. Relief is often obtained within one-half hour of taking the medication. Extra medication may be required if relief is not obtained within one-half hour (see maximum doses).
Immediately consult your physician, if Cafergot administration shows any of the following side effects: