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 combination medicine is used to treat melasma on the face. Melasma is a condition of dark-colored, patchy areas on the skin.
Before using, gently wash your face and neck with a mild soap/cleanser. Rinse and pat dry the skin. APPLY A THIN LAYER OF MEDICINE TO THE AREA that is being treated including about one-half inch of normal appearing skin surrounding the affected area. Rub it in gently and thoroughly. Wash your hands when you are done. If you experience dry skin from using this medicine, you may use a skin moisturizer to help treat this effect; it is recommended to use the moisturizer in the morning after washing your face.
FLUOCINOLONE (flew-oh-SIN-oh-lone), HYDROQUINONE (HYE-droe-kwin-own), and TRETINOIN (TRET-ih-noyn)
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include redness, dryness, itching, or mild burning of the skin. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.