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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.
Heartgard Plus is a chewable tablet medication that is 100% effective for the prevention of heartworms in dogs, and also prevents roundworms and hookworms. It is safe for use with dogs that are 6 weeks of age or older, and can be administered to pregnant or nursing females, stud dogs, collies, and dogs with collie genetics.
The active ingredients in Heartgard Plus are Ivermectin and Pyrantel.
Heartgard Plus should be administered once a month and based on the following guideline:
As an alternate to year-round dosing, this medication can be given during the mosquito season and then for one month after the season ends.
It is reported that side effects resulting from the use of Heartgard Plus for dogs are rare.
This information is for informational purposes only. It is not to be a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or professional advice of a veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or the use of a particular medication.