Factive (Gemifloxacin Mesylate) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Factive
Factive is the brand name of the antibiotic Gemifloxacin. It belongs to the fluoroquinolones group of medications. You can buy Factive to treat different forms of bacterial infections.
Side Effects for Factive
A patient may suffer from an allergic reaction to Factive. The symptoms for an allergic reaction include swelling of the throat, lips, tongue and face, hives, and breathing difficulty. You should stop taking Factive and seek medical assistance, if you experience any of these symptoms.
Serious side effects of Factive include severe dizziness, sudden pain, diarrhea, and seizures. Other side effects are fainting, popping, or a snapping sound in the joints, swelling of the joints, dark colored urine, and easy bruising or bleeding. In addition, numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the body can also surface due to Factive use. If you experience any of the side effects mentioned above, inform your doctor as soon as possible.
Mild side effects of Factive include muscle pain, sleep problems, blurred vision, drowsiness and nausea. If you get feel anything unusual after taking Factive, consult your doctor for medical advice.
Do not buy Factive if you have had a history of myasthenia gravis. If you are allergic to Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Ofloxacin or Norfloxacin, do not take Factive. These are medications under the same group as Gemifloxacin. Inform your doctor if you have a heart rhythm disorder or if you have a history of allergy to an antibiotic. Your doctor should also know if you have kidney disease, epilepsy, a history of seizures, or if you have low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood.
Tell your doctor if you have a nerve disorder, a history of circulation problems, or a family history of Long QT Syndrome. Factive may or may not affect an unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are or going to be pregnant while taking Factive. Do not use Factive without talking to your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Never share your medication with someone else with the same symptoms- the reactions may vary.
If you buy Factive, follow the prescription and take the medication as directed by the doctor. You can take Factive with or without food, but take it at least three hours after taking a medication that contains magnesium or aluminum. This medication is available as Factive 320mg and contains Gemifloxacin Mesylate equal to 320mg of Gemofloxacin.
Inform your doctor if you are using any other medicines before you buy Factive. Medications that your doctor needs to be informed about include Probenecid, Warfarin, diuretic pills, and antibiotics like Erythromycin, Clarithromycin and Pentamidine. Tell your doctor if you are taking antidepressants like Amitriptylline, Clomipramine, or Desipramine, anti-malarial medications, and medications to prevent nausea, vomiting, psychiatric disorders, or migraines. Also, consult your doctor if you are taking narcotic medicines like Methadose, Diskets, Dolophine, or oral steroids like Sterapred.
All the drugs that are given above may interact with Factive. Therefore, inform your doctor about every medicine you use before you buy Factive. Do not start any new medication without consulting with 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.