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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.
Methotrexate has a number of uses. It is used in the treatment of the following cancers:- breast cancer- a number of cancers that arise during pregnancyIt is used in the palliative treatment of acute and subacute lymphocytic leukaemia.When used in combination with corticosteroids, Methotrexate can induce remission in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and is commonly used for maintenance of this remission.Methotrexate can also be used in the symptomatic treatment of severe, disabling psoriasis that has not been responsive to other therapies.It is also useful in the treatment of severe, recalcitrant, active rheumatoid arthritis that is not responsive to NSAIDs and other disease modifying drugs.