Detrol LA (Tolterodine Tartrate LA) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Detrol LA
Detrol LA is often prescribed to those who have been diagnosed with symptoms of an overactive bladder. Containing the active ingredient Tolterodine, the medication works as an anti-muscarinic drug and a urinary antispasmodic drug that helps in the treatment of symptoms like urinary incontinence and frequent urination. Urine leakage and other symptoms can be controlled by Detrol LA. The action of this medication relaxes the muscles present in the bladder so that the patient has better control over his or her ability to urinate.
Side Effects for Detrol LA
Constipation, dry mouth, stomach pain, dry eyes, and abnormal vision are among the common side effects reported due to the use of Detrol LA. Difficulty during urination or cloudy urine, drowsiness, tiredness, headache, and a burning sensation while urinating are other common Detrol LA side effects. Less common side effects associated with the medication include chills, chest pain, cough, fever, loss of appetite, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, shivering, sweating, vomiting, and sleeping trouble. Any small or big change in these adverse effects must be immediately discussed with your doctor. These symptoms may or may not be associated with the use of Detrol LA, but you must seek immediate medical help even then to prevent any complications.
Detrol LA may cause dizziness and so, it may be best to avoid performing any task involving machines. You may also experience dry mouth while taking this medication. Be prepared by keeping sugarless candies and saliva substitutes ready with you. Inform your doctor if you have ever suffered from health issues like glaucoma, irregular heart rhythm, intestinal or stomach disorders, kidney disease, and liver disorders. Heart problems, muscle weakness, urinary retention, enlarged prostate, and low levels of magnesium or potassium are other conditions you must report to your doctor before you buy Detrol LA.
The use of Detrol LA during pregnancy or while nursing should be strictly based on your doctor’s recommendations. It is better to curb your exposure to sunlight or extremely hot weather during the course of treatment. Store the medication only at room temperature.
Detrol LA Dosage
Detrol LA is available in extended release capsules. The recommended dosage is Detrol LA 2 mg twice a day or Detrol LA 4 mg once every day. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and take the medication as prescribed. Visit him/her regularly to diagnose or track your progress. Your doctor may also make some adjustments with the dosage. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but skip it completely if it is already time for your next dose.
Anti-cholinergic medications, anti-Parkinson's medications, antihistamines, and anti-anxiety drugs may interact with Detrol LA. Medicines taken for sleeping disorders, muscle relaxation, narcotic treatment, psychiatric treatment, and those containing potassium chloride must not be taken with Detrol LA without consulting your doctor. Inform him/her if you are already taking some other antispasmodic drug or any other prescribed or non-prescribed drugs. Discuss all the medications you are currently taking with your doctor or pharmacist.
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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.