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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.
Silvadene (Silver Sulfadiazine) is a topical medication used to treat burns, including those caused by radiation. This medication is formulated with a silver component that provides an antibacterial effect, helping to prevent infections. Silvadene is available in cream form and is commonly used in hospitals and burn centers.
To use Silvadene, clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin layer of the cream to the burn, covering the entire area. Silvadene should be used 2-3 times daily or as directed by your healthcare provider. Keep the treated area covered with a sterile dressing. Do not apply Silvadene to open wounds or to the eyes, nose, or mouth.
The active ingredient in Silvadene is Silver Sulfadiazine. Other inactive ingredients may include mineral oil, petrolatum, and glycerin.
Before using Silvadene, inform your healthcare provider of any allergies or sensitivities you may have to sulfonamide-class drugs or silver. This medication should not be used if you have a history of anaphylaxis or Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Silvadene should not be used on premature infants or neonates. Use Silvadene with caution if you have liver or kidney disease.
Common side effects of Silvadene include skin irritation, itching, redness, or burning. If these symptoms persist or worsen, contact your healthcare provider. Rare side effects may include anaphylaxis or Stevens-Johnson syndrome. If you experience difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, stop using Silvadene and seek medical attention immediately.