Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone Propionate) and/or alternatives
No Generic Alternative.
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General Information On Flovent Diskus
Flovent Diskus belongs to the group of steroid medications and is used for preventing bronchial asthma attacks. However, it cannot be used to cure an asthma attack that has already started. Flovent Diskus prevents asthma attacks by reducing the inflammatory reactions that take place in the body’s airways. These reactions are caused by the presence of irritants or allergens in the air.
Side Effects for Flovent Diskus
The minor side effects of Flovent Diskus include headache and white patches or sores inside the mouth or lips. Other common side effects include a stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, or a deep or hoarse voice. Consult your doctor if these mild side effects are persistent or get worse.
Flovent Diskus can also cause allergic reactions in rare scenarios. The symptoms include hives, swollen tongue, lips, throat, or face, and labored breathing. Immediately stop taking the medication and seek emergency medical help when these symptoms occur. Other severe side effects that may occur include fatigue, skin rashes, numbness, and blurred vision. Serious side effects may also occur as signs of an infection, like fever, chills, ear pain, and worsening of the patient’s asthma condition. Inform your doctor as soon as possible if these side effects of Flovent Diskus surface.
Do not buy Flovent Diskus if you already have an allergy to Fluticasone. Steroidal medications may affect your body’s immunity. Inform your doctor if you have recently had any sickness or infection. You may not be able to buy Flovent Diskus until you fully recover. The continued usage of Flovent Diskus or any steroidal medication may result in osteoporosis. The effect may be worse if you smoke or if you don’t eat or exercise properly. Ask your doctor about how you can reduce the risk of bone loss over the long term.
Inform your doctor beforehand if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding a baby. Flovent Diskus may be harmful to the unborn child and it may pass into breast milk.
Flovent Diskus Dosage
Flovent Diskus is administered orally through an inhaler. It is meant only for patients who are 4 years of age or older. The dosage is based on a doctor’s determination of a patient’s condition, and the suggested dosage regimen must be followed exactly by the patient. The affect of Flovent Diskus would not be seen until up to 2 weeks of treatment. If there is no positive improvement, the patient’s dosage may be increased. The medication is supplied as Flovent Diskus 50mcg, Flovent Diskus 100mcg and Flovent Diskus 250mcg.
Inform your doctor well in advance if you are using any medications, as some medications may interact with Flovent Diskus. Some of these include Imatinib, Diclofenac, Conivaptan, and Insoniazid. Antibiotics like Clarithromycin, Erythromycin, or Telithromycin can also interact with Flovent Diskus. Other medications include antidepressants and heart or blood pressure medications. Medications for HIV/AIDS also need to be spoken of with to your doctor before you buy Flovent Diskus.
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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.