Acular LS (Ketorolac Tromethamine) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Acular LS
Acular LS is used for relieving itching in the eyes caused due to seasonal allergies. Its generic name is Ketorolac, and it falls under the category of NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is an ophthalmic solution which works by blocking natural substances in the body that cause swelling and pain. This drug can also be used for relieving eye pain, swelling or burning after a corrective eye surgery, such as corneal refractive surgery or cataract surgery.
Side Effects for Acular LS
Mild itching, stinging or burning, headache, and puffy or swollen eyelids are commonly experienced by those using Acular LS. These side effects are easily manageable and subside within a few days as your body gets adjusted to the drug. However, you should immediately tell your doctor if you suffer from severe burning, stinging or itching in the eyes, eye pain, watering or redness, vision changes, white patches on the eyes, draining from the eyes, crusting, or increased light sensitivity.
You should discontinue using Acular LS if you develop an allergic reaction to it. Symptoms of an allergic reaction are hives or rashes all over the body, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing, or swelling on the face, throat, tongue or lips.
You should not buy Acular LS if you have an allergy to Ketorolac or to any other NSAID. You should also inform your doctor if you have diabetes, arthritis, aspirin sensitive asthma, dry eye syndrome, nasal polyps, glaucoma or blood clotting or a bleeding disorder, or if you underwent an eye surgery recently. You may have unclear or unstable vision for a few minutes immediately after applying the eye drops. Therefore, you should not perform activities that require clear vision, such as driving a vehicle or operating a machine. Pregnant women can use this medicine only during the first 2 trimesters. However, using it in the last trimester can harm the unborn baby. Breastfeeding mothers should also use this drug with caution, as its safe use has not been confirmed under such conditions.
Before you apply Acular LS eye drops, you must remove your contact lenses if you are wearing any. Do not re-insert them for at least 15 minutes. Keep the tip of the drop away from any surface, even your eyes and hands. If the tip gets contaminated, can worsen your condition or lead to other serious infections.
Acular LS Dosage
Acular LS 0.40% eye drops is available in 5ml bottles. You will be advised to use one drop in the affected eye(s) 4 times a day. If you are using Acular LS for relieving pain or burning after an eye surgery, you will need to use it for 4 days after that. As far as its storage is concerned, you should store it at 15ºC to 25ºC.
Acular LS can be safely used with other ophthalmic medicines, including carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, beta blockers, antibiotics, mydraitics, and cycloplegics. However, you should not buy Acular LS if you have an allergy to NSAIDs or if you are already taking aspirin, either in an oral or injection form. Let your doctor know about all medications you are currently taking, especially any other eye drops or eye ointments.
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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.