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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.
MULTAQ is a prescription medicine used to lower the chance you would need to go into the hospital for heart problems. It is meant for people who have had an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (AFib) or atrial flutter (AFlutter) in the last 6 months, but who may currently have a regular heart rhythm or will have medical treatment to return to a regular rhythm. MULTAQ may be safely used by people who have had AFib and AFlutter who also have other conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, or diabetes.
Do not take MULTAQ if you have severe heart failure or if you have been recently been in the hospital for heart failure, even if you are better now. People with severe heart failure who take MULTAQ have an increased chance of dying.
Please note the side effects listed below may not be a complete list and it is best to contact your doctor for full details.