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Otomax Ointment (Gentamicin/ Betamethasone/ Clotrimazole)and/or alternatives
General Information about Otomax Ointment
Otomax is an antibacterial and antifungal steroid prescribed for dogs suffering from chronic or acute otitis (ear infection). The ointment is composed of three different categories of drugs- betamethasone valerate which is a corticosteroid, gentamicin sulphate- an antibiotic and an antifungal named clotrimazole. Otomax alleviates discomfort and swelling caused by yeast formation in the ear cavity of dogs and reduces odour. Even though this medicine is most effective on dogs, You may also buy Otomax Ointment for treating other canines and even rodents, if your veterinarian prescribes it.
Side Effects of Otomax
All drugs affect the body and the mind adversely to some degree while they work to solve the problems of their target areas. Otomax is no exception. Dogs undergoing prolonged use of the ointment might experience the following side effects. Of course, the effects vary from animal to animal.
- partial hearing loss or complete deafness for a short span of time;
- loss of balance;
- increased thirst and urination if the drug is ingested;
These minor side effects are temporary in nature. More serious troubles may develop in certain animals if overdose occurs or if the dog is allergic to the drugs constituting Otomax. They are :
- vestibular toxicity;
- renal toxicity;
- cochlear toxicity;
- fluid retention leading to swollen face and limbs;
- weight gain resulting from increase in appetite;
- diarrhea (with blood);
- overgrowth of bacteria and fungi which are not susceptible to the particular drug triggered by the use of topical antifungals and antibiotics(immunosuppression);
- increased time required to heal wounds;
- unusual scratching and hives;
- marked change from usual behaviour pattern;
Otomax should NOT be applied on dogs having perforated eardrums. If unsure, let the veterinarian carefully check the dog’s ears before administering doses of the medicine. The drugs present in Otomax also make the medicine unfit for pregnant dogs or dogs with existing hearing impairment.
Dosage of Otomax
You can buy Otomax Ointment as a prescription drug available in tubes as well as plastic containers. It should be used as per the veterinarian’s instructions, as an overdose can have severe negative effects on the patient. The recommended dosage for dogs weighing less than 15 kgs is 4 drops on each affected ear every 12 hours for a week. For dogs weighing over 15 kgs, the number of drops increases to 8 per ear. One of the most important points to be kept in mind while applying the medicine is that the area (ie, the ear) should be properly cleaned and dried. In dogs with long and excessive hair, the area surrounding the ear should be neatly trimmed to facilitate application of the ointment. Otomax ointment should not be used beyond seven days under any circumstances. The medicine should be stored in room temperature. Avoid oral intake of Otomax as it might lead to birth defects.
Otomax widely interacts with certain other drugs owing to its constituent elements. It is best to avoid other corticosteroids or similar antibiotics while on Otomax. Drugs inducing ototoxicity should also not be taken simultaneously with Otomax. The veterinarian’s advice should be taking regarding medication.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the 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 comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as 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 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 comparable 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 be comparable in strength and dosage to 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 comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
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.