Androcur (Cyproterone Acetate) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Androcur
Androcur has three types of actions on the androgens produced within the body. In men, it is used to treat cancer of the prostate gland, when the cancer is not amenable to operation. Some cancer-causing functions and systems require stimulation from male sex hormones; the medicine weakens the stimulation from the sex hormones; which in turn helps to restricts and treats prostate cancer. The medicine also reduces excessive sex drive in men. In women, Androcur drug is indicated to treat abnormal hair-growth on face, beard or chest. In opposite cases, some women may suffer androgen-related loss of hair, leading to baldness. Abnormal acne and seborrhea would also be generally present along with such alopecia.
Side Effects / Precautions For Androcur
Cyproterone acetate is the main component of this medicine. Jaundice, hepatic toxicity liver failure may occur in men with prostate cancer. The medicine restricts your procreation capacity during treatment; however, you will regain the ability after discontinuing the drug. Brand or generic Androcur may cause some tension in the breasts. Missed doses may lead to bleeding. Follow the dosage regimen exactly as your doctor has recommended.
Cyproterone acetate should be taken only under medical prescription and it is not meant for normal hair-loss. Avoid the medicine until you attain puberty, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding your baby. If you are a woman, in childbearing age, you must take one complete oral contraceptive cycle before commencing brand or generic Androcur and continue an oral contraceptive during the therapy. Male fetus may show signs of feminism, if exposed to the properties of this medicine.
Dosages For Androcur
Androcur 50 mg and 100 mg are the two strengths available. If you have undergone orchidectomy, the recommended dose is two tablets, taken once or twice a day. If you have not undergone orchidectomy, two tablets, two to three times a day may be prescribed for you. If you are taking the medicine for reduction of sex drive, one tablet of 50 mg, should be adequate. Your doctor would recommend the appropriate dosage, depending upon your response and requirement. Take the tablets with water, after meals.
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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.