Brand-name vs. generic medication
Researchers spend significant time and money trying to find new treatments for a wide range of illnesses. When a company discovers, develops and patents a new drug, they have exclusive rights to sell it for a set amount of time. When their patent expires, other companies can make and sell a generic version of the medication.
Generic medication must contain the same active ingredients as the brand-name version. Their formulas can include different inactive ingredients, like flavoring or preservatives. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, generics are just as safe and effective.
Your provider can choose an alternative medication if you experience side effects or have drug interactions with a prescription. Alternative medication can be just as effective for treating your health condition as your current medication.
Prescription drug information
You can find important details about your medication in the prescription drug information section of prescription details. Click View drug information to learn how to use your medication, read about possible side effects and understand any warnings.
Proper disposal of medication
If you have leftover or expired medications, it is important that you dispose of them safely.