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.
Gel-One is similar to the fluid that surrounds the joints in your body. This fluid acts as a lubricant and shock absorber for the joints.
Gel-One is injected directly into your knee joint. A healthcare provider will give you this injection. Gel-One is usually given once every week for 3 to 5 weeks. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully. To prevent pain and swelling, your doctor may recommend resting your knee or applying ice for a short time after your injection. Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: severe pain or swelling around the knee after the injection. Common side effects may include: warmth, pain, redness, stiffness, bruising, or puffiness where the medicine was injected; nausea, stomach pain; trouble walking; swelling in your hands or feet; back pain, joint pain, muscle pain; numbness or tingly feeling; headache, dizziness; or runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.