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.
Common Uses: This medicine is a skin bleaching agent used to temporarily lighten the skin.
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. APPLY A THIN LAYER OF MEDICINE TO THE AREA that is being treated and rub it in thoroughly. Wash your hands when you are done. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from heat and light. Keep the container tightly closed. 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 2 doses at once.
BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE, apply a small amount to an unbroken patch of skin. Check in 24 hours for itching or excessive redness or inflammation. If this area is extremely red or inflamed, do not use this medicine on other areas. DO NOT USE this medicine near your eyes. If you get some in your eyes, wash them out with water and contact your doctor. PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN while using this medicine. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing. DO NOT USE on irritated or injured skin. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE WITH PEROXIDE. This may cause a dark staining of your skin. The staining can be removed by stopping the use of the peroxide and washing your skin with soap and water. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. Possible Side Effects: SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include dryness of the skin around the nose and eyes. If this continues or is bothersome, check with your doctor. STOP USING THE MEDICINE AND CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IF you experience redness, stinging, irritation, or a rash. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience hives, itching, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.