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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Santyl ointment is a prescription product that is applied to the skin on wounds. It should be used under the supervision of a trained wound care professional. Santyl is used to debride wounds and speed up the healing process. It is used for dermal ulcers.
Dermal ulcers are areas of the skin with reduced blood flow. They can be caused by trauma, infection, or chronic disease. In an ulcer, the outer layer of skin may become necrotic and fall off, increasing the risk of infection.
Santyl contains an enzyme found in the human body called collagenase. Since dead skin cells are made up mostly of collagen, collagenase breaks up the collagen and helps to clean the wound.
Apply Santyl to the affected area once daily or as directed by your health provider.
The wound should be rinsed with a saline rinse prior to applying this ointment.
Do not mix this ointment with other creams, lotions, or ointments, or it may become ineffective.
If there is an infection present in the wound, a topical antibiotic should be applied prior to applying Santyl ointment.
Santyl ointment contains 250 units of collagenase per gram of ointment.
There are no known significant interactions.
Do not use this ointment if you have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to any ingredient.
This ointment may cause temporary redness or rash during the application, especially if applied carelessly to the skin outside the wound.
Common side effects of this drug may include:
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Collagenase santyl [package insert]. Fort Worth, TX: Smith & Nephew, Inc; 2019.