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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.
Fetzima is a serotonin & norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. Fetzima is not approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Recommended dose is 40mg to 120mg once daily with or without food. Initiate dose at 20mg once daily for 2 days and then increase to 40mg once daily.
Serotonin syndrome Elevated blood pressure & heart rate Abnormal bleeding Angle closure glaucoma Urinary hesitation or retention Activation of mania/hypomania Discontinuation syndrome
Nausea, constipation, hyperhidrosis, erectile dysfunction, tachycardia, vomiting & palpitations.