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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.
This medicine is a bisphosphonate used to treat high blood calcium levels caused by certain cancers that have spread to the bones.
PRIOR TO DILUTING THIS MEDICINE FOR USE, STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. After this medicine is diluted for use it should be used immediately. If not used immediately, store the medicine in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). This medicine must be used within 24 hours of being prepared. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule.
DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE IF YOU HAVE HAD A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine or to any other bisphosphonate (such as alendronate, etidronate, pamidronate, tiludronate).THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE JAW BONE PROBLEMS in some patients,especially those who have cancer, are using certain medicines, or have poor dental hygiene.DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT