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.
Lidocaine Ointment is a topical anesthetic used for the temporary relief of pain and itching caused by skin irritations, sunburns, and minor cuts and scrapes. This fast-acting medication contains 5% Lidocaine, a powerful numbing agent that quickly soothes pain and discomfort.
Clean the affected area thoroughly before applying the Lidocaine Ointment. Gently massage a small amount of the ointment into the skin, covering the entire affected area. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Do not apply to open wounds or broken skin. Use no more than 4 times a day or as directed by your healthcare provider.
The active ingredient in Lidocaine Ointment is 5% Lidocaine. Inactive ingredients include white petrolatum, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl monostearate, polyethylene glycol monostearate, propylene glycol, and stearic acid.
Before using Lidocaine Ointment, inform your healthcare provider of any allergies or medical conditions, including liver or kidney disease, heart disease, or epilepsy. Do not use it on children under the age of 2. Do not use more than directed or for longer periods than recommended, as overuse can lead to skin irritation or an overdose of Lidocaine.
Possible side effects of Lidocaine Ointment include skin irritation, redness, itching, burning, and numbness. If you experience any severe side effects or an allergic reaction (such as difficulty breathing, hives, swelling), seek medical attention immediately. Keep Lidocaine Ointment out of reach of children to prevent accidental ingestion.