Edex Starter Pack (Alprostadil) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Edex
Men suffering from erectile dysfunction may be recommended by their physician to buy Edex. The medication is known by the generic name of Alprostadil and belongs to the group of drugs called prostaglandins. The medication is known to possess vasodilatory properties that govern its working. Edex works by letting the blood vessels expand so that they carry higher amount of blood and causes a penis to get erect. Dosage of Edex is decided by the doctor after assessing the specific conditions of different patients. The medication is available in the form of injection and suppository. It is clear that the medication has no use for women and children. You must understand that the medication doesn’t provide permanent treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Side Effects for Edex
Unusual curving and swelling of penis may occur as a side effect of Edex. Redness, tenderness and formation of lumps are other serious side effects that may occur and must be immediately reported. Pain in penis or testes during erection and bleeding at the injection site are other reported side effects of this medication. The medication resulting in erection that lasts for more than 4 hours must be immediately reported to the doctor. Less common side effects include pelvic pain, dizziness and faintness. In case you obtain bruises or blood clots at the injection site, the same must be discussed with the doctor.
Patients who have undergone penile implant should not buy Edex. If you have ever had issues related to penis, including curved penis or itchy penis, you must inform your doctor. Priapism, blood cancers and sickle cell anaemia too must be reported to the doctor before starting the medication. Make sure to learn the exact usage of Edex in the injection or suppository form. It is important to clean the injection site with alcohol before injecting the medication. Also, rub alcohol on the spot after injecting to avoid bruising. You must understand that the medication works 15-20 minutes following administration and maintains the erection for about an hour.
Edex should not be used more than 3 times a week and there must be the gap of a day between two consecutive doses. You must also change the injection site every time. Another precaution is to make use of condom while having intercourse, especially with a pregnant woman. The medication must be stored in a refrigerator but don’t freeze it. Avoid using medication if particles or coloration is visible in the injection bottle. Don’t reuse the needles used for injecting the medication and dispose them well.
Dosage of the medication in the injection form may vary between Edex 1.25 mcg and Edex 60 mcg in a day. One must take up to 10 seconds to completely inject the dose into penis. Recommended dosages for suppository are Edex 125 mcg, Edex 250 mcg, Edex 500 mcg and Edex 1000 mcg. It is important to learn about the exact method of inserting a suppository into the urethra.
Edex may interact with blood thinners like Heparin and Warfarin. Use of any other medication should not be done without consulting your doctor.
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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.