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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.
Chemical Name: LAMIVUDINE (la-MI-vyoo-deen) and ZIDOVUDINE (zye-DOE-vyoo-deen).
This medicine is an antiviral combination used to manage human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
This Medicine: Follow the directions for taking this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature or in the refrigerator in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include headache, dizziness, tiredness, decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, difficulty sleeping, sinus drainage, and coughing, or changes in body fat (such as increased fat in the upper back and stomach areas, or decreased fat in the arms and legs).