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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.
HEMANGEOL is a prescription medicine used to treat proliferating infantile hemangioma that requires treatment with a medicine that spreads throughout the body.
HEMANGEOL contains the following inactive ingredients: strawberry/vanilla flavorings, hydroxyethylcellulose, saccharin sodium, citric acid monohydrate, and water.
Do not give HEMANGEOL to your child if your child: was born prematurely and has not reached the corrected age of 5 weeks weighs less than 4 ½ pounds is allergic to propranolol or any of the other ingredients in HEMANGEOL has asthma or a history of breathing problems has a heart problem, slow heart rate (less than 80 heart beats per minute), very low blood pressure is at risk for low blood sugar, for example is vomiting or unable to take feedings has high blood pressure caused by a tumor on the adrenal gland, called “pheochromocytoma”
HEMANGEOL can cause serious side effects, including: Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) If your child has any of the signs or symptoms of low blood sugar during treatment with HEMANGEOL, stop giving your child HEMANGEOL and call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.