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Travatan Z (Travoprost)and/or alternatives
General Information on Travatan Z
Travatan Z is a medication given for the treatment of glaucoma. The chemical name of Travatan Z is travoprost ophthalmic.
Travatan Z is especially indicated for reducing intraocular pressure in open angle glaucoma patients.
You may buy Travatan Z online in the form of a 0.004 % solution, which means that it contains 0.04mg of travoprost in each ml of the solution. Apart from the active ingredient, Travatan Z also contains the following inactive ingredients: purified water, hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide, hydrogenated castor oil, and the patented sofZia, which contains propylene glycol, boric acid, zinc chloride and sorbitol.
Side effects of Travatan Z
In rare cases, Travatan Z may induce an allergic reaction in patients. You must contact your doctor if you begin to suffer from any of the following signs of Travatan Z allergy- swollen face or throat, breathing difficulties, and the appearance of hives.
Serious side effects that may occur due to Travatan Z include - extreme itching, redness, pain or swelling in or around the eye, vision changes, increased sensitivity to light, chest pain, and discharge or oozing from the eye. If you suffer from any of the following serious side effects, you need to stop taking Travatan Z and seek immediate medical help.
Mild side effects caused by Travatan Z include the following- minor eye discomfort, stinging or burning sensation for a short while after applying the drops, watery/dry eyes, blurred vision, feeling like you have something in your eye, and mild headache. As you can see, these side effects are tolerable and transient. However, you need to alert your doctor if these side effects become intolerable even after a long time.
Travatan Z may also gradually change the color of your eyelids, eyelashes or eyes. It may also increase the thickness and growth of your eyelashes. Such changes, however, happen over a period of several months and even years of continuous Travatan Z usage. The changes are permanent and take place only in the area where Travatan Z is applied.
Dosage of Travatan Z
Travatan Z must be applied as per the dosage prescribed by your doctor. You must not administer more drops than what your doctor specifies. You can find more information on the dosage of Travatan Z in the patient information leaflet that comes with this medication.
Wash and dry your hands before applying Travatan Z. After you clean your hands, tilt your head back and position the dropper a few inches above the eye which needs to be treated. Look up before application, pull down the eyelid, and administer the recommended number of drops in the eye. Once the drops have been applied, the eye should be closed immediately. You may apply gentle pressure on the corner of the eye where the tear ducts are located to avoid the medication from draining into the duct.
Travatan Z may interact with other medicines, so you must tell your doctor if you are using any other drugs or eye drops before you buy Travatan Z.
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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.