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.
This medicine is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat ulcers, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and inflammation of the esophagus. It is also used to reduce the risk of stomach bleeding in severely ill patients. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking an HIV protease inhibitor (such as atazanavir or indinavir). ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking iron salts, tacrolimus, cilostazol, clarithromycin, cyclosporine, benzodiazepines (such as diazepam), disulfiram, itraconazole, ketoconazole, phenytoin, voriconazole, or warfarin.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include headache, dizziness, diarrhea, stomach pain, or constipation. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.