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.
Emgality is a calcitonin-gene related peptide antagonist. Emgality is a prescription medicine used to prevent migraine headaches in adults. Emgality is also used to treat cluster headache episodes in adults. It is not known if Emgality is safe and effective in children.
Use Emgality exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Emgality is injected under the skin. A healthcare provider may teach you how to properly use the medication by yourself. For prevention of migraine headaches: Emgality is usually given as a first dose of 2 injections, followed by 1 injection once per month. For treatment of a cluster headache episodes: Emgality is usually given as 3 injections at the start of the cluster period, followed by 1 injection once per month until the end of the cluster period. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
EMGALITY contains 120 mg of galcanezumab as the active ingredient.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Emgality: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. An allergic reaction to galcanezumab can occur several days after an injection. Common side effects of Emgality may include: pain; redness; itching; irritation where the medicine was injected. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.