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Basic Information On Valcyte
Valcyte is an antiviral medicine. It helps in preventing viral cells from getting multiplied in the body. Valcyte is used for the treatment of cytomegalovirus, though it is not a cure for the infection. Valcyte is used in the treatment of patients suffering from AIDS. It also helps in preventing cytomegalovirus infection in patients who have undergone an organ transplant (like heart, kidney or kidney-pancreas). If you are advised by your doctor to switch from ganciclovir (Cytovene) to Valcyte, you should remember that the 2 medicines have different strengths. Valcyte contains more medicine than a ganciclovir. Also, remember that an overdose of Valcyte can cause serious illness.
Precautions/Side Effects For Valcyte
You must never take Valcyte (Valganciclovir) and ganciclovir (Cytovene) together. Your dosage may change when you switch from ganciclovir (Cytovene) to brand or generic Valcyte. Remember not to take an overdose of the Valcyte drug, as it can be harmful for you. Taking brand or generic Valcyte during pregnancy can lead to birth defects in the child. Therefore, make sure that you do not get pregnant while using this medicine.
Valganciclovir can cause lowering of blood cells in the body that help in controlling bleeding and fighting infection. Therefore, while taking this medicine you should get your blood tested regularly. You should contact your care provider immediately, if you experience bleeding or any signs of infection like chills, fever, flu and body aches.
You should take Valcyte tablets with food. If you are taking it in the form of oral solution, 50 mg/ml of the solution should be prepared by the pharmacist before giving it to you. It is advisable that adult patients take the tablets and not the oral solution. For patients suffering from CMV Retinitis, the recommended dosage is 900 mg (two 450 mg tablets) to be taken twice a day for twenty one days. After the initial dose, the recommended maintenance dosage is 900 mg (two 450 mg tablets) to be taken once a day. The recommended dosage for adult patients, who have undergone a heart, kidney or kidney-pancreas transplant, is 900 mg (two 450 mg tablets) to be taken once a day. This treatment has to be started within ten days of transplantation until 100 days post-transplantation.
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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.