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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.
Olumiant is a once-daily pill to treat adults with moderately to severely active RA who have tried at least one other medicine called a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist, such as Humira® (adalimumab), Enbrel® (etanercept), and Remicade® (infliximab), that did not work well or could not be tolerated.
Important Facts About Olumiant® (O-loo-m?·ant). It is also known as baricitinib. Olumiant is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have tried at least one other medicine called a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist that did not work well enough or could not be tolerated. The medicine comes in a tablet and is taken orally. Olumiant may cause serious side effects. Some people who have taken Olumiant have had: •Serious infections, including tuberculosis (TB), shingles, and others caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Some people have died from these infections. Olumiant can make you more likely to get infections or make them worse. Your doctor should test for TB before starting Olumiant and watch for TB symptoms during treatment. You should not start Olumiant if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor tells you it is okay. While taking Olumiant, tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of an infection, such as: ?fever, sweating, or chills ?muscle aches ?cough ?shortness of breath ?blood in phlegm ?weight loss ?warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body ?diarrhea or stomach pain ?burning with urination or urinating more often than normal ?feeling tired •Cancer and immune system problems. Olumiant may increase your risk of lymphoma and other cancers, including skin cancers. •Blood clots in the veins of your legs or lungs. This may be life-threatening and cause death. While taking Olumiant, tell your doctor right away if you have any signs and symptoms of blood clots, including swelling, pain or tenderness in the leg, sudden chest pain, or shortness of breath. •Tears in the stomach or intestines. This happens most often in people who also take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, or methotrexate. While taking Olumiant, tell your doctor right away if you have fever and stomach-area pain that does not go away, and a change in bowel habits. •Changes in laboratory test results. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your white and red blood cells before and while you are taking Olumiant. Your doctor should also check certain liver tests. You should not take Olumiant if your blood cell counts are too low or your liver tests are too high. If your results change, your doctor may pause your treatment with Olumiant. Your doctor should also check your cholesterol approximately 12 weeks after you start this medicine and as needed after that.
The most common side effects of Olumiant include: •upper respiratory tract infections, such as a cold or sinus infections •nausea •cold sores •shingles