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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.
Rhofade (oxymetazoline) is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels. Dilated blood vessels under the skin can cause redness. Rhofade is used to treat facial redness caused by rosacea. Rhofade may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Rhofade if you are allergic to oxymetazoline. To make sure Rhofade is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: heart disease, high blood pressure; blood circulation problems; glaucoma; or peripheral vascular disease such as Raynaud's syndrome, Buerger's disease, scleroderma, or Sjögren's syndrome. It is not known whether Rhofade will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether oxymetazoline topical passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. Rhofade is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.