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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.
The 50/25 strength is NOT the same as Dyazide or Maxzide.
The combination of triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide, a 'water pill,' is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention caused by various conditions, including heart disease. It causes the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine. This medicine is a potassium-sparing and thiazide diuretic combination used to treat high blood pressure and swelling due to excess body water. It may be also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Chemical Name:TRIAMTERENE (trye-AM-ter-een) and HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (hye-droe-klor-oh-THYE-a-zide)
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach, pain, gas, frequent urination, dizziness and headache.