Also Known as Zoton
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.
Chemical Name: LANSOPRAZOLE (lan-SOE-pra-zole) Delayed Release Prevacid is a CAPSULE, it CANNOT be split in half. Prevacid is used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), injury of the food pipe and conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a condition where the stomach produces too much acid).
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication include stomach pain and diarrhea.