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.
This medicine is a topical antibacterial agent used to treat acne
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE, wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse, and pat dry. Cover the affected area with a thin film of medicine. Allow the medicine to dry. Wash your hands immediately after using this medicine. DO NOT COVER THE AFFECTED AREA with gauze or a bandage unless your doctor tells you to do so. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from heat and light. TO CLEAR UP THE ACNE COMPLETELY, continue using this medicine for the full course of treatment. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include redness, dryness, itching, burning, stinging, or tingling at application site. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience rash or change in skin color. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.