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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.
KAPIDEX is a medicine called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Take it for as long as your doctor tells you. KAPIDEX reduces the amount of acid in your stomach.
KAPIDEX is used in adults:
* To treat heartburn related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
* To heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus (called erosive esophagitis or EE).
* To stop erosive esophagitis from coming back.
Take this medicine exactly as it was prescribed and for the full length of time. You can take KAPIDEX with or without food. KAPIDEX should be swallowed whole.
Active ingredient: dexlansoprazole.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions. Be sure to tell your doctor if you:
* Are pregnant or could be pregnant
* Are breastfeeding
* Have liver problems
Tell your doctor about all your medicines, including any prescription and any non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, and vitamins.
KAPIDEX and certain other medicines can affect each other. Before taking KAPIDEX, tell your doctor if you are taking ampicillin, atazanavir, digoxin,iron, ketoconazole, warfarin
The most common side effects of KAPIDEX were diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, common cold, vomiting and gas. There are other less common side effects. If you have any symptoms, be sure to tell your doctor about them.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the above side effects or any other side effects that worry you while using KAPIDEX. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.