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.
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Arazlo (tazarotene) is a topical lotion that is available by prescription only to treat acne in patients who are at least 9 years old.
Arazlo is supplied as a 0.045% lotion to be used on the skin.
Use Arazlo lotion exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about the medication.
A thin layer of Arazlo lotion should be applied to the affected area(s) one time a day. Do not get the lotion in your eyes, mouth, nose, or vagina. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the lotion.
Tazarotene, a retinoid, is the active ingredient contained in Arazlo lotion. Inactive ingredients include carbomer copolymer type B, carbomer homopolymer type A, diethyl sebacate, edetate disodium dihydrate, light mineral oil, methylparaben, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan monooleate and sorbitol solution, 70%.
Patients who are pregnant should not use Arazlo lotion.
Common Arazlo lotion side effects occur at the application site and include pain, dryness, shedding, redness, and itching; however, other side effects may occur. If your side effects bother you or won't go away, contact your doctor immediately.
Arazlo (tazarotene). Laval, Quebec, CA: Bausch Health Companies Inc.; 2021.