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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.
Bactroban is an antibiotic that treats or prevents infection that is caused by bacteria.
Bactroban is used to prevent severe staph infections in patients and healthcare workers who may be at risk of infection during an outbreak within a hospital or other healthcare setting.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Bactroban and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
severe burning or stinging of your nose;
* nosebleed; or
* severe burning or watering of your eyes.
Continue using the medication and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
dryness or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
* ear pain;
* runny or stuffy nose;
* skin rash;
* cough; or
* sore throat.