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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.
TRILURON® is used to relieve knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. It is used for patients who do not get adequate pain relief from simple pain relievers or from exercise and physical therapy.
Before receiving TRILURON®, tell your doctor if you are allergic to hyaluronan products or have an infection or skin disease in the area of the injection site. Tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child or if you are allergic to bird proteins, feathers or egg products. TRILURON® is not approved for relieving pain in other joints besides the knee or for injection with other substances in your knee joint. TRILURON® has not been tested in pregnant or nursing women or children. The effectiveness of repeat treatment cycles has not been established. Injections must only be given by trained and licensed healthcare professionals. Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous or prolonged weight-bearing activities after treatment. The side effects most commonly seen after injection into the knee joint are knee pain, discomfort, swelling, fluid in the joint, warmth or redness at the injection site. These symptoms usually disappear within a few days by resting the injected knee and applying ice. Sometimes these side effects may be more severe and last longer. Signs of an allergic reaction many include rash, itching hives, flushing, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing and shortness of breath. If any of these symptoms or signs appear after you are injected, or if you have any other problems, contact your doctor. Please see package insert for full warnings, precautions, and possible side effects.