Catapres TTS Patch (Clonidine) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Catapres TTS Patch
This medicine is used for treating symptoms of high blood pressure. This drug may be used on its own or in combination with other drugs. The other uses of this medicine include treating withdrawal symptoms of nicotine, benzodiCatapres TTS Patchepine or alcohol. The Catapres TTS Patch drug is also used in the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome, narcotic detoxification and premenstrual tension. You should take this regularly, even if you do not see any improvement during the initial phase of the treatment. This medicine may take several weeks before showing any improvement in your condition. At the very same time, if you feel relief in your symptoms, you should keep taking the medicine as long as prescribed by your doctor. This medicine only keeps blood pressure under control and does not cure high blood pressure.
Side Effects / Precautions For Catapres TTS Patch
Irregular intake of this medicine may actually worsen your condition; therefore, you should remain vigilant about taking this medicine. If you miss a dose, then try to take it as soon as possible and then maintain your regular schedule of brand or generic Catapres TTS Patch. However, if you forget two or more doses in a row, then you should consult your doctor. Clonidine hydrochloride is the main ingredient of this drug.
Brand or generic Catapres TTS Patch should be applied to a clean, hairless skin. This patch is generally applied on chest or upper outer arm. The patch should be changed every 7 days and should be applied to a new place. If the patch loses its adhesiveness, then you can use some tape or bandage to keep it in place. Clonidine hydrochloride may cause side effects such as fatigue, nausea or agitation. If you feel elevation in your symptoms then you should consult your doctor.
Dosages For Catapres TTS Patch
The initial dosage for this drug is recommended to be Catapres TTS Patch-1. The dosage may then be altered by your physician in response to your condition. If there is no improvement in your condition in a week or two, then a larger system of medication may be used. However, it has been observed that the dosage above two Catapres TTS Patch-3 generally do not provide any additional benefits. The dosage may need to be adjusted for patients suffering from severe renal impairment.
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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.