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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.
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Alcortin A is a topical prescription medication that contains several different active ingredients. This medication is approved for a variety of skin conditions, including autoimmune and infectious. Conditions include:
Alcortin contains three different active ingredients, including an agent with anti-inflammatory properties and an agent with antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Apply to the affected area three to four times daily as directed by the physician. Do not use Alcortin A for longer than prescribed.
The active ingredients in Alcortin A are iodoquinol, hydrocortisone acetate, and aloe vera leaf.
Iodoquinol is an antifungal and antibacterial agent, but it is unclear the exact mechanism of this ingredient.
Hydrocortisone cream decreases inflammation of the affected skin by decreasing the effects of the immune system at the site. It also increases the absorption of active medication by increasing the movement of substances through the skin and capillaries.
Alcortin A may interact with the following medications:
Do not use other topical medications at the same time as Alcortin A. Do not mix other medications with this drug.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of hormone suppression or any conditions that affect the pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
Medications that contain corticosteroids may increase skin sensitivity and should be used for the shortest time possible.
Ask your doctor and pharmacist about all precautions related to this drug.
The most common side effects may include:
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