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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.
Chemical Name: ATOVAQUONE (a-TOE-va-kwone) and PROGUANIL (pro-GWAN-il).
Malarone is used to prevent and treat malaria, a red blood cell infection transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE with food or milk at the same time every day. If you vomit within 1 hour of taking your dose, take another dose. Inform your doctor that you will need more medicine to finish your treatment. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue taking this medicine for the full course of treatment. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible with food or milk. If it is almost time for your next dose, contact your doctor. DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medication includes abdominal pain, back pain, coughing, diarrhea, fever, headache, itching skin, lack of or loss of strength, muscle pain, sore throat, sneezing and vomiting.
DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. IF YOU EXPERIENCE difficulty breathing; tightness of chest; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or if you develop a rash or hives, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take any more doses of this medicine unless your doctor tells you to do so. This medicine helps to prevent malaria; however, it is still possible to contract the disease. Notify your doctor immediately that you may have been exposed to malaria if you develop flu-like symptoms including chills, fever, muscle aches, or headache. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE vomiting. If it persists or becomes severe, contact your doctor. The medicine may not be absorbed if you are vomiting and therefore not be effective. Your doctor may suggest other medicines to treat the vomiting or treat your condition with a different medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Caution is advised when using this medicine in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. One of the ingredients in this medicine IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.