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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.
Migranal Nasal Spray is an ergot derivative indicated for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. Before using this medicine, the applicator must be pumped 4 times. DO NOT breathe in deeply during or immediately after spraying. A usual dose of this medicine is 1 spray in each nostril as soon as possible after a migraine headache has started. If more than 1 spray per nostril is to be used, wait 15 minutes between sprays. DO NOT EXCEED the recommended dose. DO NOT use daily on a regular basis. AVOID EATING GRAPEFRUIT OR DRINKING GRAPEFRUIT JUICE while taking this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Do NOT freeze.
DISCARD ANY REMAINING MEDICINE 8 hours after the spray applicator has been prepared. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.
Chemical Name DIHYDROERGOTAMINE (dye-hye-droe-er-GOT-a-meen)
FOR WOMEN DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are pregnant. IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU COULD BE PREGNANT, contact your doctor immediately. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.