Teveten (Eprosartan Mesylate) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Teveten
Teveten is used for controlling high blood pressure. Its generic name is Eprosartan, and it falls under the category of angiotensin II receptor antagonists. You can buy Teveten in the form of oral tablets. Angiotensin II is an enzyme which attaches itself to blood vessel walls, causing them to compress and raising blood pressure. Teveten works by dilating these blood vessels so that blood can flow through them more easily. This drug can be used alone or in conjunction with other drugs to treat your condition. You should remember that this drug can only control high blood pressure, not cure it. This means that your blood pressure will stay under control as long as you are using the medicine. Once you stop taking the tablets, your blood pressure will come back to its normal levels.
Side Effects for Teveten
Some common side effects associated with Teveten include tiredness, a stuffy or runny nose, throat soreness, cough, joint pain, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, headache, and dizziness. Most of these side effects can be easily managed and they will diminish on their own as your body gets used to the medicine. However, you need to get serious if you experience serious side effects of the drug. These include swelling of the feet or hands, chest pain, and difficult or painful urination. In some cases, Teveten can also break down skeletal muscle tissue, which may lead to kidney failure. You should look out for symptoms such as muscle pain, weakness, dark colored urine, tenderness, nausea, and fever.
Before you buy Teveten, you should inform your doctor if you are suffering from a kidney or liver disease or congestive heart failure, or if you are already dehydrated. You should also tell him/her if you have high potassium levels in your blood. In order to minimize lightheadedness or dizziness caused by this medicine, you should rise slowly from a lying or sitting position. As this drug makes you dizzy, you should not drive a vehicle, use a machine, or do any such activity that requires complete alertness. This drug is not meant to be used by pregnant women, as it may cause harm to the unborn child. Breastfeeding mothers should also use Teveten with caution, as its safety during such condition is not yet known.
You may be given Teveten 300mg once or twice a day, depending on your medical condition and response to treatment. You will have to take the tablets regularly at almost the same time each day. You will notice the results in 2-3 weeks of starting the treatment. Continue taking the pills even if you feel perfectly well, because stopping the medicine will raise your blood pressure again.
You should inform your doctor if you are taking any drugs that contain lithium or potassium. Avoid taking water pills or diuretics like triamterene and amiloride. As Teveten causes dizziness, you should not take any other drug that causes the same effect. These include sedatives, narcotic pain relievers, tranquilizers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medicines, anti-seizure medications, and sleeping pills. Also, do not take NSAIDs with Teveten, as they may interact with each other.
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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.