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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.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to mistakenly attack the joints, resulting in inflammation of the joint lining. This inflammation of the joint lining (called the synovium) can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and redness in and around the joints, especially in the hands and feet. If left untreated, it can cause damage to cartilage and bones resulting in loss of normal movement and joint deformity, which can negatively impact quality of life. Because RA occurs throughout the body, other organs such as the skin, heart, lungs, and eyes may also be affected. While there are many treatment options for patients living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), the most common is methotrexate (MTX), which is classified as a DMARD (Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug). MTX is an effective anti-inflammatory, but it can deplete the body’s much needed supply of folate, an essential class of vitamins, which may lead to MTX-induced side effects.
The recommended dose of Rheumate is one or two capsules daily for the dietary management of the metabolic effects of methotrexate (MTX) therapy for rheumatoid arthritis or as directed by a physician. All ingredients in Rheumate are categorized as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA.