Altace (Ramipril) and/or alternatives
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General information on Altace
Ramipril, marketed as Altace or Tritace, belongs to the class of drugs called Angiotensin. It is an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor which decreases the production of ACE in your body that can cause the constriction of the blood vessels. The Altace drug works to widen the blood vessels, thus making it easy for the heart to pump blood through the blood vessels. This medication for blood pressure helps reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Altace- a standard therapy for controlling high blood pressure in adults
Altace is highly effective in getting control over blood pressure. The Altace drug is available in both branded as well as generic forms. It is manufactured and marketed in varying compositions of 1.25mg, 2.5mg, 5 mg and 10mg capsules. Altace being a capsule medication cannot be split.
What do we offer?
Both generic and branded Altace medicines are available at Pharmacy RX World. All the compositions in which Altace is manufactured and marketed i.e. 1.25mg, 2.5mg, 5 mg and 10mg capsules, are offered to you right here.
Side effects / Precautions
A prescription is essential before using Altace, as its consumption may increase the risk of dangerous allergic reactions. In case of swelling of mouth or throat, or symptoms of low blood pressure, immediate medical attention is required. Also, the intake of Altace is not advised during pregnancy as it may cause injury or death of your unborn child. The Renal impairment is a significant adverse effect of the drug Altace.
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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.