Xalatan Eye Drops (Latanoprost) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Xalatan Eye Drops
Xalatan Eye Drops are used to treat a disorder of the eye known as glaucoma. Glaucoma occurs due to fluid buildup within the eye and more often than not, presents with increased pressure in the eye. This condition if left untreated could result in loss of sight. Xalatan Eye Drops belongs to a class of drugs called prostaglandin analogues or prostaglandin agonists. This medication causes improved drainage of ocular fluid and subsequently reduces pressure in the eyes. It is generally not advised to be used by children.
Side Effects/ Precautions for Xalatan Eye Drops
Xalatan Eye Drops is a formulation of Latanoprost. Most side effects caused by this drug are minor and reversible. Such side-effects are generally eye related and include irritation, blurring of vision, pain, redness, increased discharge and crusting. General body symptoms include headaches, frequent urination, joint pain and rash. However, in some patients taking brand or generic Xalatan Eye Drops there have been reports of more serious adverse effects like chest pain, dizziness, wheezing or breathing difficulty. In such instances administration of Xalatan Eye Drops drug must be stopped immediately and patients must seek medical attention.
Latanoprost should be used with great caution by those patients already suffering from asthma. Patients applying brand or generic Xalatan Eye Drops must get their eye pressure monitored regularly. Patients who also use other eye drops must make it known to the physician before using this medication as it could cross react with certain other eye drops. Care must be taken not to touch the tip of the applicator during the time of application as this could lead to contamination. Patients who use contact lens must make sure they remove their lens before using Xalatan Eye Drops drug. The safety of this medication has not yet been established clearly in pregnant and nursing mothers; therefore, such patients are advised to avoid this medication unless they are directed to use it by a physician after considering the possible risks.
Xalatan Eye Drops Dosage
Xalatan Eye Drops is available as a 2.5 ml liquid solution. The normal recommended dosage is one drop in the affected eye, once every day. Even if you miss a dose, continue with the next dose as usual. Do not take an additional dose to compensate for the missed dosage. Make sure that the dosage does not exceed more than a single dose. Otherwise, it may not help in reducing the high pressure inside your eye. Normally, the high pressure inside your eye will start decreasing approximately three to four hours after you take a dose. However, it takes about 8 to 12 hours for Xalatan Eye Drops to show its full effect.
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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.