Alvesco (Ciclesonide) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Alvesco
Alvesco belongs to the class of medications known as corticosteroids (steroid hormones of the adrenal cortex). This medication is to be inhaled via a metered dose inhaler. This treatment is suitable for prevention of asthma attacks in patients of 12 years of age and older. The inhalation of this drug checks the various effects of asthma namely, difficulty in breathing, chest tightness and coughing. On inhalation, it gets converted to an anti-inflammatory metabolite that reduces the inflammation and irritation of the air passage to allow for easier breathing. This is essentially a prophylactic medicine and hence, it is used to prevent and control asthma. It should not be noted that this medication should not be used to treat an asthma attack that has already started.
Side Effects / Precautions For Alvesco
The active ingredient of the drug is a non-halogenated glucocorticoid called ciclesonide. Before you start using Alvesco, let your doctor know if you have an infection of the mouth or pharynx, tuberculosis, pregnant, lactating, planning to get pregnant, a family or personal history of brittle bones, have never had chickenpox, measles or a vaccine for them or you are allergic to ciclesonide. Do tell your doctor about all the current medications that you are on, this will help avoid unpleasant drug interactions. You should avoid being near people who are not well or have infections.
Some potential side effects of the drug include headache, nasal congestion, joint pain, pain in the arms and legs and irritation of the pharynx. However, not everyone who takes this medicine will have the side effects. Symptoms of serious side effects include chestpain, shortness of breath, extreme tiredness, anxiety, rash and irregular periods. In case of any of these, please consult your healthcare provider immediately. Cicelsonide inhalation for a long time increases the risk of glaucoma, cataracts and osteoporosis.
Dosages For Alvesco
Alvesco is supplied in dosages of 80 mcg or 160 mcg and is designed for oral inhalation. This is a prescription only medication and should be administered exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Initially, the doctor will usually start you on an average dosage and then after 4 weeks of drug use, he will change the dosage depending on your response. The brand medication is supplied with actuators that are fitted with a dose indictor. Discard it when the dose indicator display window shows zero. For best results; store the actuators at room temperature.
Why Buy Alvesco From Pharmacy RX World?
Pharmacy RX World supplies brand Alvesco in dosages of 80 mcg or 160 mcg. When you buy Alvesco online from us directly, you get the advantages of a quick service, fast shipping (7-8 business days), and free refill reminders at the lowest possible price.
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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.