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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.
Glucosamine is a natural compound that is found in healthy cartilage in both humans and pets. It helps hydrate healthy joints by increasing the production of molecules that bin and hold water in the cartilage. Healthy cartilage provides cushioning which helps protect a pet's joints while exercising. Many believe that it provides clinical benefit in the synovial fluid by strengthening cartilage and aiding glycosaminoglycan synthesis. Further research on the effectiveness of glucosamine is still needed, but many people find it to be very beneficial to their pets. Flex 2500 also contains antioxidants like Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids to complete a comprehensive joint support formulation.
Can be given during or after meal time. Initial Administration (4 to 6 week period) 5 to 15 lb - 1/4 scoop daily 16 to 30 lb - 1/2 scoop daily 31 to 60 lb - 1 scoop daily 61 to 100 lb - 2 scoops daily Over 100 lb - 2 1/2 scoops daily Maintenance Administration 5 to 15 lb - 1/4 scoop every other day 16 to 30 lb - 1/4 scoop daily 31 to 60 lb - 1/2 scoop daily 61 to 100 lb - 1 scoop daily Over 100 lb - 1 1/2 scoops daily
Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven. Consult with your veterinarian before using this product in animals: with clotting disorders; being treated with anticoagulant medications; with diabetes or any metabolic disorder causing hyperglycemia; with a history of urinary tract stones; with known allergies to shellfish. If lameness worsens, discontinue use and contact your veterinarian. Administer during or after the animal has eaten to reduce incidence of gastrointestinal upset.