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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This medicine is an antimicrobial oral rinse used to treat redness and swelling of the gums. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor or dentist. USE THIS MEDICINE as a mouth rinse after brushing teeth. Rinse with this medicine for about 30 seconds, unless otherwise directed, then spit out. DO NOT SWALLOW this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
THIS MEDICINE MAY STAIN TEETH. Brush and floss your teeth on a regular schedule and have regular dental check-ups every 6 months. DO NOT IMMEDIATELY RINSE WITH WATER after using this medicine as this will increase the bitter taste of this medicine. KEEP THIS MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. FOR WOMEN: IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. Possible Side Effects: A SIDE EFFECT, that may go away during treatment, is change in taste. If it continues or is bothersome, check with your doctor or dentist. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, dentist, nurse, or pharmacist.