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      When the term Generic Diet Pills is used, it generally refers to a medication's true drug name and not their trademarked name. Generic diet pills, if available, would usually be less expensive and thus making them a more attractive option for many. Generic medication is often referred to as the short form name “generics” and has no patent protection to them. As a result, many generic versions of mediations will have a different appearance and vary in their shape, color, taste and texture.

      If one is looking for generic diet pills they can be assured that they will contain the same functional ingredients as the more commonly referred to trademarked names. This is because for a generic version of a medication to be acceptable, it must contain the equivalent chemical components or within a strict range that would for all general purposes make it the same including the same dosage amount. This is also known as the bioequivalent of the trademarked version. A good example would be that of ibuprofen which you can purchase as such at a pharmacy but you can also purchase a generally more expensive version of the drug called Advil® or Motrin®. The reason that people often refer to ibuprofen as on of these names is because of advertising. The companies responsible for creating these patented names for ibuprofen advertise their version of such. I have also noticed that they often have a more aesthetic appearance, easier swallowing ability to them or even a mild sugar coating. This often appeals to people and encourages purchase of such versions.
      The reason a generic diet pill would be available is that its original patent has expired or that the country in which you are purchasing it from does not uphold patents on medications. Most developed nations do up hold medication patenting which helps the companies to recover much of their cost with research and development. It can often cost a company hundreds of millions of dollars to do all the research and put the drug through various clinical trial study phases over years of time. Although the time varies generally a decade plus or minus a few years is the amount of time after the original trademarked drug comes to market is a generic available. After this time, a generic is usually less expensive due to the competition that opens up and that these other companies do not have to cover any research and development costs. If a country does not uphold patented drug names then a generic would be available shortly after it is on the market. While sometimes these drugs can be purchased in imported it is up to the individual to check into any local laws regarding this sort of practice.
      Generic diet pill examples would be Phentermine (Adipex®) or Sibutramine (Meridia®) which is no longer available since it was pulled off the shelves due to safety concerns. Orlistat (Xenical®, Alli®) and if any of the newly looked at diet drugs become available these would be their generic forms the combination of Phentermine/ Topiramate = Qnexa® and Bupropion / Naltrexone = Contrave® . Never under any circumstance try to create your own version of a medication by mixing two generics together for these combination drugs.

Visit the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for information about all drugs, including dieting pills. Consult the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Warnings and Safety Information pages to learn about recent medication alerts, diet supplements alerts and other diet product warnings.

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