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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.
Cilazapril is an ACE inhibitor used for the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. For treatment of blood pressure, cilazapril may be used alone or in combination with diuretics (water pills) known as thiazide diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide) when one medication has not been found to control blood pressure satisfactorily. For treatment of congestive heart failure, cilazapril is used in addition to digoxin or thiazide diuretics or both.
Recommended doses range from 0.5 mg to 10 mg once daily, depending on the condition being treated as well as the person's liver and kidney function. Cilazapril should be taken at the same time each day.
The usual dose range for treatment of high blood pressure is 2.5 mg to 5 mg once daily at about the same time each day, with or without food. The usual dose range for congestive heart failure is 1 mg to 2.5 mg daily taken at about the same time each day.
Cilazapril should not be taken by anyone who:
* has an allergy to cilazapril or any ingredients of this medication
* has a history of angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) after taking any ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, lisinopril, and others)
* has ascites (swollen abdomen due to liver problems)
* is pregnant