Ventavis (Iloprost) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Vestavis
Ventavis is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is a form of prostacyclin, a chemical secreted by the body to dilate the blood vessels. This helps relieve the blood pressure that builds up in the pulmonary arteries. The generic name of the medicine is Iloprost. It is used as an inhalant and belongs to a class of drugs known as vasodilators.
Side Effects for Ventavis
People using Ventavis might suffer from some mild side effects. Generally, such side effects are considered an acceptable risk as compared to the vast benefits of the drug. The side effects include dizziness, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, jaw pain, muscle spasms, dry mouth, coughing, etc. If you experience such side effects, you can still continue using Ventavis.
However, in certain odd cases, a patient may suffer some serious allergic reaction such as hives, rashes, breathing difficulty, tightness in the chest, coughing up of blood, fast or irregular heartbeat, lock jaw, fainting, unusual sweating, etc. These are very serious side effects, and you must immediately consult your doctor if you suffer from any of these side effects.
Before you buy Ventavis, you must first inform your doctor about your medical conditions. It is important that he or she is informed if you are suffering from any other condition such as liver or kidney problems, low blood pressure, severe asthma, lung infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.
Since Ventavis can make you dizzy, you must be careful when you take the medicine. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery immediately after taking this drug. In case of a dizzy spell, the best thing to do is to lie down till you start feeling better. It has not been established if Ventavis is harmful for an unborn child, so in case you are pregnant or even breastfeeding, make sure you inform your doctor.
The medicine is available as Ventavis 2 ml solution and Ventavis 1 ml solution. They come in single use ampoules and contain 10 mcg/1 ml. The inhalation should be undertaken by using the Prodose AAD system and should not be used with any other nebulizer.
You must clean the equipment thoroughly after use. In case any liquid is left behind in the medicine chamber, it should be discarded promptly. In case of a missed dose, you must take Ventavis as soon as you remember. However, if it is already time for the next dose, you can skip the previous or missed one. Do not overdose on Ventavis. In case of an overdose, you must seek immediate medical help.
Ventavis can react with certain herbal products that may inhibit the effectiveness of the medicine. In case you are on some other medications, you must inform your doctor so that he or she can guide you accordingly. Other drugs containing vitamins and minerals could inhibit the efficacy of the medicine. Your doctor is your best guide in such cases.
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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.