Asmanex Twisthaler (Mometasone Furoate) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Asmanex Twisthaler
The main component of Asmanex Twisthaler is Mometasone furoate. It belongs to a category of drugs known as corticosteroids. This drug is used to prevent the symptoms of an asthma attack such as shortness of breath and wheezing. Asmanex Twisthaler is a dry powder which is inhaled orally by the patient using the inhaler device. It works by preventing the release of inflammation causing substances that lead to an asthma attack. It must be taken on a regular basis to be completely effective in the prevention of asthma. It is important to note that Asmanex Twisthaler is primarily used for the prevention of an asthma attack and not for treatment after an asthma attack. It will not give you relief from the symptoms once the attack starts, and you will need other prescribed medicines for quick relief.
Asmanex Twisthaler Side Effects
The side effects of Mometasone furoate vary from person to person. The common side effects that patients encounter while using Asmanex Twisthaler include irritation and dryness in the throat, headache, pharyngitis, running nose, nausea, fatigue, back ache, joint and muscle pain, and indigestion. It is important to discuss any side effect that you experience with your doctor. In rare cases, patients may suffer from allergic reactions or worsening of asthma symptoms. In such cases, one must seek medical help immediately. Make sure that you read the instructions when you buy Asmanex Twisthaler
Asmanex Twisthaler Precautions
Anyone who is allergic to Mometasone or lactose or has any other allergies must inform the doctor. This is because the drug may consist of any active or inactive components that may result in an allergy. It is also important to share information about your all past infections and medical conditions before taking Asmanex Twisthaler. This is because the drug can mask the signs of infection and make you more vulnerable to infections. In case you suffer from extreme fatigue after using this drug, you must contact your doctor immediately. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should take the drug under medical supervision only if necessary.
Asmanex Twisthaler Dosage
You can buy Asmanex Twisthaler in two strengths depending on what strength you are prescribed: Asmanex Twisthaler 220 mcg and Asmanex Twisthaler 110 mcg. The dosage may vary depending on the medical history and age, among other considerations. The doctor may initiate treatment at a starting dose and then adjust the dosage depending on the response. The time and degree of relief experienced varies from patient to patient and may not yield the optimum benefit before one or two weeks. After the asthma has been stabilized, the doctor will try to reduce the dosage to one that is effective enough and reduces the adverse effects of Asmanex Twisthaler.
Asmanex Twisthaler Interactions
You must inform your doctor if you are using Ketoconazole when you are prescribed Asmanex Twisthaler. In clinical studies, the drug interactions between Mometasone furoate and other drugs did not result in any significant adverse reactions. However, it is recommended that your doctor is aware of your medical history, as well as all current medications that you are taking.
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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.