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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Chemical Name: CLINDAMYCIN (klin-da-MYE-sin) and TRETINOIN (TRET-i-noyn)
This medicine is a lincosamide antibiotic and retinoid combination used to treat acne.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. AN ADDITIONAL PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET is available with this medicine. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. THIS MEDICINE IS FOR TOPICAL USE ON THE SKIN ONLY. Do NOT get it in the eyes, mouth, or vagina; on the lips; or in the angles of the nose. If you get it in your eyes, rinse at once with cool tap water. Do NOT apply this medicine to an open wound. APPLY THIS MEDICINE AT BEDTIME, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Wash your face gently with mild soap and water. Pat the skin dry. Apply a pea-size amount of this medicine to the tip of your finger. Dot onto the chin, cheeks, nose, and forehead. Gently smooth this medicine over the entire face until it is completely rubbed in. WASH YOUR HANDS immediately after using this medicine. TO GET THE MOST BENEFIT from this medicine, use it on a regular schedule. Continue to use it even if your skin appears to improve. Do not miss any doses. STORE THIS MEDICINE at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep the tube tightly closed. Protect from freezing. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include dryness, itching, redness, burning, peeling, scaling, or stinging of the skin; or temporary change in skin color. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience blistered, crusted, or swollen skin. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blood or mucus in the stool; bloody, severe, or persistent diarrhea; or stomach cramps or pain. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.