Nivemycin (Neomycin Sulfate) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Nivemycin
Nivemycin belongs to the Aminoglycoside Antibiotics drug group. The active ingredient of this medication is Neomycin. It is used to kill the bacteria in the intestines just before a surgery is performed. This reduces the possibility of an infection. Another use of Nivemycin is to treat liver failure by destroying the bacteria in the intestines that produce ammonia. In this case, the blood may bypass the liver and the brain may be affected by the medication. However, you may not buy Nivemycin for treating liver failure without consulting your doctor.
Side Effects for Nivemycin
Some common side effects of Nivemycin include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore mouth, increased salivation and damage to hearing. Other side effect include damage to the vestibular function of the ear, damage to the kidney function and liver function, disturbance in the blood cell count and skin rashes or itching. Some more side effects may be confusion, numbness or sensation of pins and needles and twitching of eyeballs. Seek immediate medical help and consult your doctor if these side effects persist or worsen over a period of time.
If Nivemycin is taken for a prolonged period, it may result in an impaired absorption of nutrients from the intestines. This can cause diarrhea and fatty stools.
Nivemycin must be prescribed with caution if the patient is a child, an elderly person or a person with hearing problems. Inform your doctor if you have decreased kidney function or if you have a liver disease. You must also be careful with your Nivemycin medication if you are suffering from obesity, cystic fibrosis or low blood pressure. Do not buy Nivemycin if you are allergic to other medications that are Aminoglycoside Antibiotics. Examples include Gentamicin.
Inform your doctor if you are suffering from abnormal muscle weakness like myasthenia gravis, neuromuscular disorders like Parkinson’s disease or an intestinal obstruction. Nivemycin may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant during the period of treatment.
Nivemycin is available as an oral tablet, Nivemycin 500mg. The recommended dosage for adults is two tablets per hour for 4 hours. After this initial period, the dosage is reduced to 2 tablets in 4 hour intervals. The treatment begins two to three days before the surgery.
Medications like Digoxin, Penicillin V, Retinol and Methotrexate may be reduced in efficiency if it taken along with Nivemycin. The possibility of side effects in the ear may increase if you take medications like Cisplatin, diuretics, Capreomycin, Teicoplanin and Vancomycin. The possibility of side effects in the kidney may increase if you are taking medications like Amphotericin, Cephalosporin Antibiotics and Tracolimus.
Do not buy Nivemycin without consulting your doctor if you use Botox. The interaction of both these medications may increase the risk of side effects. There may be an increased risk to the patient suffering from hypocalcaemia if the drug is taken along with bisphosphonates like Alendronate.
Inform your doctor about all the medication you have taken or are still taking before you buy Nivemycin. Do not start or stop any medication that is given in conjunction with Nivemycin without the explicit permission of your doctor.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.