Betoptic S (Betaxolol Hydrochloride) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Betoptic S
Betoptic S is an ophthalmic suspension prescribed to treat chronic open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The generic name of the drug is Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Suspension. The drug belongs to a class of drugs known as beta blockers. Betaxolol works by reducing the amount of fluid in the eye. The drug is effective in lowering intraocular pressure, but you should consult your doctor before you buy Betoptic S.
Side Effects for Betoptic S
Some people may experience side effects after using Betoptic S. You should remember that your doctor has prescribed this drug because he/she is of the opinion that the benefits of the drug should outweigh the potential risks associated with any side effects. However, please inform your doctor if you experience any side effects of Betoptic S. Some of the side effects are dizziness, itchy/watery/dry/red eyes, temporary discomfort/stinging in the eyes, and blurred vision. You may also experience a feeling as if something is in the eye after using Betoptic S drops. You should immediately consult your doctor if any of these side effects worsen or persist for a long time. Some people may also experience severe side-effects such as vision changes, swelling of the feet/ankles, increased sensitivity to light, muscle weakness, irregular/slow heartbeat, mood changes, hair loss or eye pain/discharge/swelling. You may also experience breathing problems, weakness on one side of the body, persistent dizziness, slurred speech or confusion after using Betoptic S.
You should be careful that the tip of the dispenser does not touch any other surface (to avoid contamination). If you are using any other eye drop or ointments along with Betoptic S, then you should wait for at least 10 minutes before using other medications. If you are a contact lens wearer, remove them before using Betoptic S and do not wear them again within 15-20 minutes after using the medication. You should not use the drug if you are allergic to Betoptic S or any beta blockers such as Timolol or Metipranolol.
You should notify your doctor if you have any allergies or have serious heart conditions such as severe heart failure or cardiogenic shock. You should tell your doctor about your medical history of low blood sugar levels, over-active thyroid, breathing problems and diabetes before he/she prescribes the drug. You should buy Betoptic S only as per the recommendation of your doctor and use it as instructed.
Betoptic S Dosage
Betoptic S is available in the form of an ophthalmic suspension. You need to use one drop of Betoptic S Ophthalmic Suspension 0.25% in the affected eye two times in a day or as recommended by your physician. The drug can be used with other medications or alone to treat high pressure in the eye or other eye diseases. You should shake the solution before use and prevent contamination.
Betoptic S may react with other medications and cause adverse reactions. Thus, you should tell your doctor about every medication you use that includes your prescribed medication, non-prescribed medication and herbal medicines. Betoptic S may react with specific diabetes drugs such as Insulin and Sulfonylureas (Glyburide) and psychiatric drugs such as Venlafaxine and Tricyclic Antidepressants (Amitriptyline). The medication may also react with drugs taken for high blood pressure such as Reserpine, Clonidine.
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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.