Vigamox (Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Vigamox
Vigamox are available as eye-drops and is used to treat conjunctivitis caused by a range of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. This drug belongs to class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Vigamox acts by inhibiting a certain enzyme called DNA gyrase in the bacterial cell, eventually killing it. Patients are to use this medication exclusively as eye-drops.
Side Effects/ Precautions for Vigamox
Vigamox or Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic and as in the case of all antibiotics, it must not be used for long periods of time as this could result in fungal infection. Common eye related side effects of Vigamox drug includes dryness of the eye, redness and itching sensation in the eye, keratitis, decreased clarity in vision, subconjunctival hemorrhage and tearing. Other than this, nasal stuffiness, infection of the ear and pharyngitis may also occur.
Allergy to Moxifloxacin or any quinolones should preclude use of this medication. Patients using Vigamox drug must make sure they don't touch the tip of the eye dropper as this may cause contamination of the sterile dropper. Patients should also make it a point to wash their hand thoroughly before using brand or generic Vigamox. If you wear contact lens, discontinue their use until the conjunctivitis has been treated successfully. It is unclear as to whether this medication can cause complications in pregnant women and therefore, pregnant women should try and avoid brand or generic Vigamox. This medication, however, is not known to be secreted in breast milk; so, nursing mothers may use them but only under directions from a doctor.
Vigamox should only be used as per your doctor’s advice. The ideal dosage of this medicine is 3 drops on a daily basis. However, all the drops should not be put in the infected eye at the same time. The total dosage of 3 drops is to be spread over the day by putting 1 drop at a time; three times a day. For instance, you can put it in the morning, evening and then at night. Usually, this medicine is prescribed for seven continuous days. However, if the patient does not recover during this period, the doctor may either continue treatment with Vigamox for a few more days or may change the drug based on the response of the patient.
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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.