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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.
This medicine is an antiviral used to treat cold sores in adults and children 12 years and older. This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS MEDICINE IS MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN applied at the earliest sign of tingling or swelling. To apply this medicine, gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands immediately after using this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from heat and light. Keep the container tightly closed. TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue using this medicine on the recommended schedule unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Do not miss any doses. 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.
DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes. If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor. FOR WOMEN IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.