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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.
Mirvaso is a prescription rosacea treatment medication that works effectively to reduce the red patches of skin on the face that occur with this skin condition. It is an alpha agonist class drug that works by constricting blood vessels and when used regularly the patient will have clearer facial skin.
Mirvaso is also prescribed to treat acne rosacea and persistent facial redness. The active ingredient in the medication – Brimonidine - can also help reduce their sensitivity to rosacea triggers like sunlight, heat, cold, and stress.
Wash hands and clean affected skin areas before applying Mirvaso gel.
Apply a pea-sized amount of the gel and gently spread it out over the area.
Use Mirvaso once daily unless directed otherwise in your prescription.
It is best to apply the gel at around the same time each day.
The active ingredient in Mirvaso gel is Brimonidine.
Let your doctor know if you have any history of blood vessel diseases, blood circulation disorders, heart disease, depression, low blood pressure, Reynaud's disease, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, or an allergy to apraclonidine before starting on Mirvaso.
Using an SPF15 or higher sunscreen is advisable if you are using Mirvaso and going to be in direct sunlight for long stretches of time.
Keep product stored in cool, dry place and it is important to keep Mirvaso out of the reach of children.
Side effects from using Mirvaso for rosacea are possible, and some users may have flushing or redness of skin, low heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, or pale / whitening skin. If side effects are seen you may want to stop use and speak with your doctor again regarding other rosacea treatment options.