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.
Known as Versatis medicated plasters in the UK
The patch is only applied to healthy and normal skin. Do not apply it to the area that is broken or irritated. Dosage depends upon your condition and how you response to therapy.
Remove the protective line first and apply the patch to the area of the skin that is most painful. Apply the patch once in a day for up to 12 hours or as directed by your doctor. Till the patch is stuck to the skin, avoid getting it wet. Do not use it around your eyes.
Lidoderm contains the ingredients:
Wash your hands before applying it. If you are allergic to lidocaine, tell your doctor or pharmacist before using it. This product comprises ingredients which can cause allergic problems. While wearing your patch, prevent exposing it to direct heat sources such as heat pads, electric lamps, and blankets. This medication can only be used only when needed during pregnancy.
Side effects while using this medication may occur which include: