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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.
Emla Cream is a local anesthetic used to numb the skin from pain of injections and other medical procedures.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. To apply this medicine, wash and completely dry the chosen area. Apply this medicine in a thick layer at the site of the procedure. Do not rub this medicine into the skin. This medicine should only be used on normal, unbroken skin. Cover the cream as instructed by your doctor. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.
Chemical Name: LIDOCAINE (LYE-doe-kane) and PRILOCAINE (PRIL-oh-kane).
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include skin paleness, loss of feeling, itching, redness, or swelling at the treated site.