Solaraze Gel (Diclofenac Sodium) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Solaraze Gel
You may be prescribed to buy Solaraze gel for the treatment of joint pain. This gel is also effective in the treatment of actinic keratoses, due to the presence of Diclofenac sodium, which is an anti-inflammatory drug. This drug helps treat joint pain in the hands, elbows, wrists, knees, feet, and ankles, which is caused by osteoarthritis.
It is important to note that this non-steroidal drug is not as effective for treating arthritis pain in other parts of the body, save for those mentioned above. This drug directly acts on the hormones causing inflammation and pain in the joints. It is easily absorbable into the epidermis, which is the reason why it is used as a topical gel.
Side Effects for Solaraze Gel
Serious side effects of using Solaraze gel include chest pain, vision problems, balance problems, slurred speech, shortness of breath, and weakness. If you experience any of these above symptoms, it is important to get medical attention immediately. While the occurrence of these side effects is low when the medication is applied topically, they still cannot be overlooked.
Other common side effects of this drug include pale or yellow colored skin, darkened urine, blood in the stools, vomiting blood, or dark colored vomit. Similarly, a lower rate of urination, combined with increased swelling or weight gain is also a cause for concern. Nausea, pain in the upper abdominal area, loss of appetite, itching, as well as jaundice are also signs of adverse reaction to this drug.
Some people may also experience fever, chills, sore throat, or rash accompanied by blistering or peeling of skin, headache, severe tingling or numbness in the muscles, and pain and weakness in the muscles.
If you exhibit any of the above side effects, it is important to get contact your physician and get immediate medical attention if required.
Do not buy Solaraze gel or use it in any manner if you are an asthma patient or are allergic to aspirin or Diclofenac or any anti-inflammatory medication. Similarly, avoid this drug if you have recently undergone bypass surgery or are planning to have one in the near future.
Inform your doctor about your medical condition, especially if you have any heart problem, high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke, stomach ulcer or bleeding, liver disease, kidney disease, blood clotting disorder, nasal polyps, asthma, or congestive heart failure.
Never apply this gel on any open wound or infection or exfoliative dermatitis. Similarly, never use this drug if you suffer from acute gastrointestinal ulceration or bleeding or from renal failure or serious hepatic problems. Make sure you do not apply this gel anywhere around the eyes.
Always consult your doctor before using this drug during pregnancy or while lactating. Although there are no known repercussions to the baby due to such use, it cannot be ignored. Seeking medical advice before such use is always preferable.
Solaraze Gel Dosage
Solaraze Gel 50g is the packaged amount available, where each gram of the gel contains about 30mg of Diclofenac sodium (or 3%). Usual dosage of Solaraze Gel 50g is 0.5g, which is to be applied on a 5cmx5cm area of the affected joint or region. This amount is to be applied twice in a day for about 60-90 days.
While there is no recorded interaction of any drug with this topical medicine, it is always advisable to discuss the use of blood thinners, cyclosporine, methotrexate, diuretic, steroids, as well as heart and blood pressure medication with your doctor. This will help avoid interactions, if any, that may occur due to such combinations.
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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.