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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.
MINOLIRA is indicated to treat only the pimples and red bumps (inflammatory lesions of non-nodular acne) of moderate to severe acne in patients 12 years of age and older. MINOLIRA is not effective on acne that does not look red or swollen (non-inflammatory acne). The safety of MINOLIRA is not known after using it for 12 weeks. MINOLIRA has not been tested for the treatment of infections. Some acne medicines release ingredients all at once. Others release them steadily over the course of the day. MinoLira is the only minocycline (the ingredient that treats your acne) that does both.6 Part of the medicine is released right away. The rest is released slowly throughout the day.6 That means MinoLira Tablets start working and stay working to treat your acne.
Do not use MINOLIRA if you are allergic to any of the tetracycline class of drugs. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these drugs if you are not sure. Stop taking MINOLIRA right away if a rash or other allergic symptoms appear. Do not use MINOLIRA if you are pregnant, may become pregnant or are nursing. If you become pregnant while taking MINOLIRA, stop taking it and call your doctor. Taking MINOLIRA during pregnancy, infancy and/or childhood up to the age of 8 years may permanently discolor teeth (yellow-gray-brown) and slow the growth of bones. Severe irritation and bleeding in the colon (called pseudomembranous colitis) can happen while taking most antibiotics and can range from mild to life-threatening. Talk to your doctor if you have watery diarrhea, diarrhea that doesn’t go away or bloody stools. Before taking MINOLIRA, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems. Protect your skin from the sun while taking MINOLIRA. Avoid sunlight, sunlamps, and tanning beds as you are more likely to get a severe sunburn. Avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery until you know whether MINOLIRA causes you to feel dizzy or light-headed, or a spinning feeling (vertigo). Minocycline may cause severe headaches and autoimmune disorders. Stop taking MINOLIRA if symptoms occur. The most commonly observed side effects are headache, tiredness, dizziness and itching.