Optivar (Azelastine Hydrochloride) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Optivar
Optivar drops are used to treat itching of the eye caused mainly due to allergies. It is a first line of treatment, used for mild to moderate symptoms of a condition called allergic conjunctivitis. Optivar belongs to class of drugs called anti histamines, blocking allergic symptoms producing compounds called histamines. It is generally recommended for children and adults aged 12 and above.
Side Effects/Precautions For Optivar
The drug, also known as Azelastine often causes less serious side effects like burning or stinging in the eyes. If these last longer than a couple of minutes, you should consult your physician right away. It also leaves a bitter taste in the mouth which does not last long. Some of the serious side effects which can be caused by brand or generic Optivar include, fever and flu like symptoms. If you are allergic to the drug, it may cause rashes, difficulty in breathing and dizziness. These are however not very common.
You have to let your physician know about any allergies that you have, particularly to preservatives. If you use contact lenses, then you must know that use of Azelastine can lead to discoloration of the lens due to absorption. It is also prudent that you discuss with your health care provider the effects of the Optivar drug interactions with other medication. Pregnant and nurturing mothers should also discuss the use of brand and generic Optivar before beginning treatment.
The recommended dosage is one drop in each eye, two times a day. Optivar 0.05% is supplied in 6 ml and 0.2 ml solution form. The 6 ml solution is available in a 10 ml container, whereas the 0.2 ml solution comes in a 1 ml single use container. The 6 ml container should be stored upright at the temperature between 36 degrees and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 0.2 ml container should be stored at a temperature between 68 degrees and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Optivar should be used within one month of its initial opening. However, it should be discarded earlier if the expiration date is reached. The container must be discarded immediately after use.
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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.