Aceon (Perindopril Erbumine) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Aceon
Aceon is a drug used for treating high blood pressure and preventing a heart attack in patients with stable coronary artery disease. Its generic name is Perindopril, and it belongs to the class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. buy Aceon is an oral tablet which acts by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow through them more easily. It can also be used for treating congestive heart failure and protecting the kidneys from possible damage due to diabetes.
Side Effects for Aceon
Some patients using Aceon experience cough, joint or muscle pain, stuffy nose, dizziness, headache, rash, flaky skin, itching, sleep problems, upset stomach, or diarrhea. Although these conditions can be easily managed, you should contact your doctor if any of these worsen or persist. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience lightheadedness, stopped urination, fainting, pale skin, tiredness, easy bleeding or bruising, muscle weakness, blisters on skin or inside the mouth, rapid weight gain, swelling, chest pain, or jaundice. These may be signs of something serious happening inside your body.
An allergy to Aceon can be identified by hives, difficulty breathing, severe dizziness, or swelling on the face, tongue, throat, or lips. Under such circumstances, you should immediately stop using the drug and seek medical help.
If you have kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, or any other heart disease, diabetes, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or scleroderma, your doctor may need to conduct some special tests. Based on the information, he/she will be able to decide whether Aceon is the right medicine for you or not, and what dosage should be given to you. This drug is strictly not recommended to pregnant women, as it is known to cause serious birth defects in the unborn baby and can even prove fatal. You should not take Aceon during pregnancy, or you should not become pregnant while taking this drug. You should also not take Aceon if you are breastfeeding a baby, as it is not yet known whether it passes into breast milk or not.
If you are using Aceon for treating high blood pressure, in most cases, you will be advised to take a single dose of 4mg a day. The maximum dose a patient can be given is Aceon 16mg once a day. For maintenance treatment, you will be given 4mg to 8mg once or twice a day. The dosage for elderly patients should not exceed 8mg per day. Aceon comes in Aceon 2m, Aceon 4mg and Aceon 8mg strengths.
Before you buy Aceon, you should talk to your doctor if you are taking water pills, salt substitutes containing potassium, potassium supplements such as Klor-Con or K-Dur, and gold injections for treating arthritis or lithium. Apart from these, you must tell your doctor if you are taking or have taken any prescription drugs or over the counter medications, or vitamin or mineral supplements or herbal products.
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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.