Fucidin (Fusidic Acid) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Fucidin
Consumers buy Fucidin Cream for the treatment of skin infections caused by certain kinds of bacteria. The cream is a combination of two medicines, namely fusidic acid (type of antibiotic) and hydrocortisone acetate (type of steroid). Both these medicines work together, although in different ways, to provide consumers relief from skin inflammation and skin infections. The cream works by: (1) killing the infection causing bacteria, and (2) reducing swelling, itchiness, or redness of the skin.
Side Effects of Fucidin
Like many other medicines, Fucidin H Cream too can cause certain side effects. Nearly 1% of consumers who use this cream report the following symptoms: itching, burning sensation, and skin irritation. Some people may (the percentage is significantly less than 1%) experience skin rashes, skin inflammation around the area where the cream is applied, and lightening of skin color.
You must immediately consult your doctor if you show symptoms of an allergic reaction. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include: swelling of the face or throat, difficulty breathing, and/or development of a severe rash. It is believed that certain side effects of this cream occur because of one of its ingredients, hydrocortisone. Please consult your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms that are caused by hydrocortisone: stretch marks, red rashes around your chin or mouth, inflammation or swelling of the folliculitis (hair root), and thinning of the skin.
There are certain precautions you need to observe while using this cream. You should not use Fucidin H Cream if you are allergic to hydrocortisone acetate or fusidic acid or any of the ingredients used in this cream. In addition, you must not buy Fucidin H Cream for the treatment of the following conditions: (1) acne rosacea (symptoms include inflammation and redness on the nose and cheeks), (2) perioral dermatitis (appearance of red spotty rashes around the chin or mouth), skin conditions that are caused only by bacteria (e.g. spots or boils), skin conditions that are caused by a fungus (e.g. Athlete’s foot), skin condition caused by a virus (e.g. chickenpox or cold sores), and skin conditions caused by syphilis or tuberculosis.
Special care should be taken if you are using Fucidin H Cream near your eyes, as the cream may cause glaucoma if it gets into the eye. Do not apply the cream unless clearly advised by your doctor on: sensitive skin areas (lips, genitals, nostrils, or ears), open wounds, thin skin, and skin ulcers.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctors before using the cream. Also, inform your doctor about any medication, both prescribed and over-the-counter, that you are currently taking.
The dosage of the cream differs from case to case. Your doctor will tell you how much, for how long, and how many times a day you must use the cream. Usually, Fucidin H Cream treatment is for two weeks.
InteractionsThe cream may interact with certain drugs. This is why you must consult with your doctor about all the medications you are using. Also consult your doctor if alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine has any effect on the way this medication works.
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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.