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Tagamet (Cimetidine)and/or alternatives
General Information on Tagamet
Cimetidine is the generic name of Tagamet. It is available in the form of tablets, liquid, and injection, and the active ingredient in the injection and liquid is cimetidine hydrochloride. Tagamet is prescribed for the treatment and prevention of ulcers in the small intestine and the stomach and is also prescribed for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Some doctors also prescribe Tagamet to patients suffering from medical conditions like inflammation of the esophagus or esophagitis. It is known to be a h3 (histamine) blocker, and you can buy Tagamet online if it has been prescribed by your doctor. Tagamet works by blocking histamine, a chemical that stimulates acid release in the stomach, thereby curbing acidity.
Side effects of Tagamet
Tagamet can cause both mild and severe side effects on administration. The most commonly reported symptoms of side effects include a mild form of diarrhea, persistent headaches that range from mild to severe, a mild form of somnolence and dizziness, disorientation, anxiety, psychosis, mental confusion, hallucinations, and depression.
Symptoms of side effects caused by Tagamet have been reported in the endocrine system. Some patients have suffered from gynecomastia as well as reversible impotence. Others have also reported induced endocrine dysfunction. These are serious side effects and any visible symptoms should be reported to the doctor immediately. Some of the other serious side effects of Tagamet include decrease in white blood cell count, neutropenia, pancytopenia, immune hemolytic anemia, liver injury, periportal hepatic fibrosis, pancreatitis, anaphylaxis, interstitial nephritis, urinary retention, polymyositis, and reversible alopecia.
Once you buy Tagamet, there are certain precautions that you need to consider before taking the medication. Tagamet is known to have teratogenic effects, so if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you need to inform your doctor. Cimetidine seeps into breast milk and can affect the health of the child. As a general rule, nursing mothers are advised not to take Tagamet. You need to consult your doctor before taking the drug if you are an immune-compromised patient as Tagamet can increase the risk of hyperinfection of strongyloidiasis.
Tagamet is available in Tagamet 200mg and Tagamet 400mg strengths. The dosage depends completely on the medical condition that needs to be treated. For patients suffering from active duodenal ulcers, most doctors prescribe a dose of Tagamet 800 mg for a period of 4 weeks. Two doses of Tagamet 400mg should be taken orally with or without food daily. It should never be taken an hour before or after an antacid. If you are taking medicines like cephalosporin or ketoconazole, Tagamet should be taken 2 hours prior to or after these drugs. To treat active benign gastric ulcers, the recommended dose is Tagamet 300 mg four times a day with meals and once at bedtime.
Tagamet interacts with several drugs, with the most common being warfarin anticoagulants like diazepam, phenytoin, and nifedipine. It also interacts with certain tricyclic antidepressants like metronidazole and theophylline.
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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.