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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.
Retapamulin is used to treat a bacterial skin infection called impetigo. This medicine is a topical antibiotic .
This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina.
Do not use on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away .
Wash your hands with soap and water before using this medicine. Also wash your hands with soap and water after using this medicine if the hands are not the area for treatment .
Before applying this medicine, wash the affected area with soap and water, and dry thoroughly. Then apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub in gently .After applying this medicine, the treated area may be covered with a sterile bandage or gauze dressing if desired .
Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if your symptoms have improved after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon .