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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.
Travoprost eye drops are used to treat increased pressure in the eye caused by open-angle glaucoma or hypertension of the eye. Both conditions are caused by high pressure in the eye which can lead to pain or vision changes. This medicine is a prostaglandin. This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: More common Eye pain itching eye redness of the eye redness, swelling, or itching of eyelid Less common Blurred or decreased vision burning, dry, or itching eyes eye color changes redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them: More common Eye discomfort feeling of having something in the eye Less common Acid or sour stomach (heartburn or indigestion) blood in the urine chest pain or tightness dry eyes eye discharge or excessive tearing faintness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position loss of bladder control lower back pain muscle pain or stiffness pain, swelling, or redness in the joints pain or burning while urinating pelvic pain slow or irregular heartbeat (less than 50 beats per minute)