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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.
Symbicort Turbuhaler is an inhaled combination medicinal product. It contains budesonide and formoterol which show additive effects in terms of reduction of asthma and COPD exacerbations. Budesonide is a glucocorticosteroid with high local anti-inflammatory effect. Improvement in asthma control can occur within 24 hours with maximum clinical benefit usually achieved within 1 to 2 weeks. Formoterol is a selective beta2-adrenergic agonist that induces relaxation of bronchial smooth muscle. The bronchodilating effect sets in rapidly, within 1-3 minutes after inhalation and has a duration of 12 hours after a single dose.
Chemical Name: Budesonide/Formoterol (byoo-DESS-oh-nide / for-MOE-toe-rall)
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes headache, tremor, mild throat irritation, coughing, hoarseness, muscle cramps, agitation, nervousness, nausea, dizziness, sleep disturbances, skin bruising, and symptoms of depression.