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Tobradex Opth Ointment (Tobramycin/Dexamethasone)and/or alternatives
General Information On Tobradex Opth Ointment
Tobradex Opth Ointment is used for treating steroid-responsive inflammatory ocular conditions, for which corticosteroids are indicated and where superficial ocular infection caused due to bacteria has occurred. The active ingredients in the medicine are Dexamethasone and Tobramycin. Dexamethasone belongs to the therapeutic category of corticosteroids, while Tobramycin is an antibiotic.
The medicine is available in the form of an ophthalmic ointment. It works by fighting the susceptible bacteria responsible for the infection.
Side effects of Tobradex Opth Ointment
Your doctor will not recommend you to buy Tobradex Opth Ointment if you are suffering from epithelial herpes simplex keratitis, varicella, vaccinia or any other viral disease in the conjunctiva or cornea. It is also ineffective against fungal diseases of the ocular structures or mycobacterial infections in the eye.
Do not buy Tobradex Opth Ointment online if you have allergy to any of the components in the drug. It may also contain preservatives that may cause allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergy include hives, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing or facial swelling. Stop using the drug if you develop any of these symptoms.
Using Tobradex Opth Ointment for a long time may lead to glaucoma, damage of the optic nerves, posterior subcapsular cataract formation, or defects in fields of vision or visual acuity. It may also increase risks of having a secondary ocular infection. Perforations may also surface. You should immediately notify your doctor if you develop any new or worsening symptoms in your eye.
Some of the other side effects that you may experience during treatment with Tobradex Opth Ointment include:
- Lid swelling and itching
- Conjunctival erythema
- Delayed corneal wound healing
If you wear contact lenses, do not forget to remove them before applying Tobradex Opth Ointment. Do not re-insert them within 15 minutes of applying the drug. The ointment may contain preservatives that may cause damage to your contact lenses. Damaged contact lenses may cause irritation or severe infection in your eye. This may worsen the condition.
Dosage of Tobradex Opth Ointment
Usually, your doctor will advise you to apply about a ½ inch ribbon of the ointment in your conjunctival sac up to 3 to 4 times a day. While applying the medicine, make sure that the tip of its tube does not touch your eye surface.
The first prescription should not exceed Tobradex Opth Ointment 8g. Your doctor will modify the dosage if the desired results are not achieved.
Before you buy Tobradex Opth Ointment, inform your doctor if you are using any other ophthalmic medicines, including eye drops and ointments. Also inform him or her if you are already taking any corticosteroids, and anti-bacterial medicines, whether oral, topical or ophthalmic.
In addition to these, inform your doctor about all the medicines you are using at present, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, herbal preparations, and health or nutritional supplements. Based on this information, your doctor will be able to decide whether Tobradex Opth Ointment is the right product for you or not, and what dosage should be prescribed to you.
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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.