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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.
Chemical Name: Metronidazole (me-troe-NI-da-zole)
Metronidazole topical preparations are particularly effective against the inflammatory, populopustular component of rosacea. The mechanisms by which topical metronidazole acts in reducing inflammatory lesions of rosacea are unknown, but may include and anti-bacterial and/or anti-inflammatory effect.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes dry skin or other sign of skin irritation, stinging or burning of the skin, watering of the eye, metallic taste in the mouth, nausea and tingling or numbness of arms, legs, hands or feet.