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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.
Tolak (for the skin) is used to treat scaly overgrowths of skin (actinic or solar keratosis). Tolak is also used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma. Tolak may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Tolak may cause serious side effects. Stop using Tolak and call your doctor at once if you have: severe pain or swelling of treated skin; severe itching, burning, or irritation; new or worsening skin sores; fever, chills; or severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, vomiting. Before your skin begins to heal it will become red, dry, tender, and crusty. This is a normal skin reaction, even if these symptoms get worse for a short time. Gradually, the dead skin will begin to shed off and you'll see raw skin appear. Ask your doctor when to stop using the medicine after you notice signs of healing. Common side effects of Tolak may include: skin pain, itching, burning, or irritation; skin darkening or scarring; skin redness and swelling; or small blood vessels under the skin.