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.
Benzagel is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Acne Vulgaris. Benzagel may be used alone or with other medications. Benzagel belongs to a class of drugs called Acne Agents, Topical. 5 & 10 Benzagel (benzoyl peroxide gel) may be used alone topically for mild to moderate acne and as an adjunct in acne treatment regimens which might include retinoic acid products, systemic antibiotics, and/or sulfur and salicylic acid containing preparations. The active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, exerts a desquamative and antibacterial action. It provides mild peeling and keratolytic activity.
Benzagel should be applied to the affected area of the skin once or twice daily, after cleansing the skin. The amount used should be a pea-sized amount for each application. Rub the medication into the skin gently, avoiding the eyes, mouth, and nostrils. It is recommended to start with a lower strength of benzoyl peroxide and gradually increase it to a higher strength if needed, as the skin adjusts to the medication.
Benzagel contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, which is a powerful acne-fighting ingredient. It also contains inactive ingredients such as carbomer 940, edetate disodium, glycerin, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, and water.
It is important to use Benzagel as directed and to not exceed the recommended amount. Overuse of this medication can lead to excessive dryness or peeling of the skin. It is also important to avoid using benzoyl peroxide in combination with other topical acne medications, as this can lead to skin irritation. If skin irritation occurs, discontinue the use of the medication and talk to your doctor.
Some common side effects of Benzagel include skin dryness, peeling, redness, and itching. If these side effects persist or become severe, it is important to talk to your doctor. Rare but serious side effects may include an allergic reaction (such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), severe skin irritation, or a severe burning sensation. If you experience any of these serious side effects, stop using the medication and seek medical attention immediately.