Cetrotide Injection (Cetrorelix Acetate) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Cetrotide Injection
Cetrotide Injection (generic name: Cetrorelix) is given to women who are going through certain fertility treatment procedures like controlled ovarian stimulation. Cetrorelix is a GnRH antagonist, which prevents the eggs from being released prematurely from the ovary so that they get enough time to develop appropriately and get released at the right time to encourage pregnancy. You can buy Cetrotide Injection in 0.25mg and 3mg strengths. Cetrotide Injection should not be used by women who are already pregnant.
Side Effects for Cetrotide Injection
Headache, nausea or pain, bruising, swelling, and itching or redness at the injection site are common side effects of Cetrotide Injection, but if any of these conditions become intolerable, you should inform your doctor immediately. Sometimes, you may also experience severe pain, cramping, or swelling in your abdomen, and in such circumstances, you should seek medical help immediately. A minor percentage of female patients who have received Cetrotide Injection may develop OHSS or Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. Symptoms of this condition include swelling of the legs or hands, severe pelvic pain, pain or swelling in the abdomen, weight gain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or infrequent urination. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to stop using Cetrotide Injection and inform your doctor at once. An allergic reaction to this drug may be identified by rashes, severe dizziness, swelling or itching of the face, throat, tongue or lips, and trouble breathing.
Before you buy Cetrotide Injection, you should inform your doctor if you have an allergy to Cetrorelix or if you have a history of kidney disease or any severe allergic reactions. This injection cannot be given to a woman who is already pregnant, and if you become pregnant during treatment, you should inform your doctor promptly. Breastfeeding mothers should also take this injection only if extremely necessary, because its safety for a newborn baby has not been established. As the injection cannot be given to pregnant women, you may need to undergo a pregnancy test one week before starting treatment.
Cetrotide Injection Dosage
You may be given Cetrotide Injection 0.25mg once a day everyday for several days or be asked to take a single dose of Cetrotide Injection 3mg, which is administered subcutaneously. The injection is given in your lower abdomen around 1 inch away from your belly button. After that, an ultrasound will be taken, and if shows that you are ready for ovulation, an hCG injection will be given to you so that the eggs can be matured and released. After this, you may become pregnant within a few days.
While using Cetrotide Injection, you should stop taking any birth control pills that control your hormones or any other hormonal methods of contraception. As you are taking this medicine to get pregnant, you should not use any kind of contraceptive method, which can prevent you from getting pregnant. Other than this, you should inform your doctor about all the medicinal products you are taking at present, including herbal products, health supplements, mineral and vitamin supplements, and prescription or non-prescription drugs.
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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.