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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Sitavig is a prescription antiviral medication used for the treatment of cold sores. Cold sores are another term for "oral herpes," a long-term infection of the mouth with the herpes simplex virus. Symptoms can include soreness, burning sensation, redness, ulcers, rashes, blisters, and tingling.
Symptoms of oral herpes usually go away on their own but in some cases, may need treatment. Sitavig is an antiviral that works by incorporating into viral DNA to prevent the replication of viral particles. By preventing replication, the virus does not spread to healthy tissue, and symptoms will resolve more quickly.
Sitavig will not cure oral herpes but treats the symptoms. Oral herpes is a long-term infection that is kept suppressed by the immune system.
At the onset of symptoms, insert one 50 mg buccal tablet into the region between the upper gums and the lips. Leave the buccal tablet in place and do not suck, chew, crush, or swallow the tablet.
Leave Sitavig in place until it dissolves.
You may gently rinse your mouth with water while the buccal tablet is in place to clean the teeth.
The active ingredient in Sitavig is acyclovir.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are using the following before you start Sitavig:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before starting Sitavig.
Use caution if you have a known allergy to milk or milk products.
The most common adverse reactions can include:
Sitavig. Charleston, SC: EPI Health LLC; 2019.