Oxeze (Formoterol Fumarate) and/or alternatives
No Generic Alternative.
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Oxeze is used for treating asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). Generic name of the active ingredient used in this medicine is formoterol. Oxeze belongs to a category of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works by relaxing muscles in the bronchial tract, thus opening the airways and helping in treating asthma or COPD. You can buy Oxeze in the form of meter dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers, or inhalation solutions and oral tablets.
Side Effects for Oxeze
Most of the side effects of this drug such as palpitations, shaking or trembling of feet or hands, dizziness and headache are mild in nature and get better on their own as patient’s body gets used to the drug. With that said, consult your doctor if any of these symptoms become bothersome.
You should immediately contact your doctor if you experience shortness of breath, chest tightness, or irregular heartbeat. Stop using the medicine and seek medical help if you develop allergic reaction to the drug. It can be identified by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, trouble breathing, severe dizziness, hives or rashes on the body, and swelling or itching on the face, tongue, throat, or lips.
You should inform your doctor if you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, or heart disorder. As the drug causes dizziness in some cases, you should not drive a car, operate a machine, or do any activity that require you to be alert until you are sure about how you react to Oxeze. During the treatment, your doctor may advise you to monitor your asthma with a peak flow meter.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding, you should use this medicine only if extremely necessary, as its safety during these conditions has not yet been established.
The dosage of Oxeze depends on patient’s medical condition and response to the treatment. For long-term maintenance therapy, the recommended dosage for adults is Oxeze 6µg to 48µg daily divided into 2 doses 12 hours apart. The recommended dosage for children between 6 to 16 years is Oxeze 6µg to 24µg daily divided into 2 doses given 12 hours apart.
If you are using the medicine for relieving acute asthma symptoms, you are likely to be asked to take Oxeze 6µg to 12µg twice daily. You should take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should not discontinue the medication even if you feel that your symptoms have been relieved, until your doctor advises you to do so.
Like any other drug, Oxeze may interact adversely when taken with other medications. Some of the medicinal products that may react with Oxeze include beta blockers like atenolol and metoprolol, diuretics like furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide, MAO inhibitors like phenelzine and maclobemide, tricyclic antidepressants like desipramine and amitriptyline, and sympathomimetics like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. You should not buy Oxeze if you are already taking drugs like betahistine or atomoxetine. If you are required to take any of these drugs during the treatment, your doctor may either change the dosage of these medicines or Oxeze. Alternatively, he may advise you to stop any of the two medications.
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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.