This leaflet answers some of the most common questions about generic medicines. In particular, it includes information about how generics compare to original medicines. You can also discuss the use of generic medicines with your doctor or pharmacist.
Medicines can help people live longer and healthier lives. They can help cure or treat an illness or disease and can also prevent some conditions from developing in the first place. During the course of our lives, it is likely that we will all need to take medicines. These might include vaccines to prevent illness or prescription medicines such as antibiotics to treat serious infections. Over-the-counter medicines are also available and include products to treat minor symptoms like headaches as well as dietary supplements.