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General Information On Alupent
Alupent is a prescription drug used for treating bronchospasms that occur in patients suffering from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or asthma. The generic name of Alupent is Metaproterenol sulfate.
Alupent works by widening the airways and allowing for the proper flow of air into the lungs. It is available in tablet and syrup form and is administered orally. Alupent is also available in a solution form that is inhaled with the help of a nebulizer.
Alupent is typically used when an asthma attack has already surfaced, but you can also buy Alupent online or from a pharmacy to prevent future attacks if it has been prescribed by your doctor for this purpose.
Side effects of Alupent
Alupent has its share of side effects. However, not all patients using Alupent experience side effects; in fact, most people cope well with the drug and do not suffer from any side effects. Even if the side effects occur, they are mostly minor and can be treated with other medicines.
The most common side effects of Alupent include:
- Mild headache
- Sore throat, dry mouth
- Constant coughing or vomiting
- Worsening of asthma
- Dry mouth
- Sudden increase in heart rate
The serious side effects of Alupent are rare and require immediate medical intervention if they surface during treatment. These include:
- Irregular heartbeat or drastic increase in heartbeat
- Allergic reactions such as itching, hives, swelling, rashes and difficulty swallowing
- High blood pressure
Although there is no concrete evidence that suggests Alupent causes potential harm to pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and their unborn/nursing children, doctors would prescribe Alupent to such individuals only if its benefits outweigh the risks.
Dosage of Alupent
Doctors determine the dosage of Alupent after carefully assessing a patient’s condition and considering various factors such as the severity of the breathing problem and the other medications used by the patient. The standard prescribed Alupent dosage for preventing an asthma attack is 2 to 3 sprays (as recommended by doctor) a day within a gap of 3-4 hours. The maximum dose should not exceed 12 inhalations a day.
To get the best results during Alupent treatment, it is important that you strictly adhere to the dosage instructions specified by your doctor. Do not alter the dosage unless the doctor has specifically advised you to do so. You must also shake the inhaler tube well before using the spray.
Before you buy Alupent, inform your doctor about the other medications you are using. This is important because Alupent can potentially lead to severe drug interactions and other complications if taken along with certain drugs. Such interactions may not only reduce the effectiveness of Alupent or other medications, but also make the patient vulnerable to serious side effects such as a heart attack.
Alupent may potentially interact with beta blockers, diuretics, and tricyclic antidepressants such as:
- Ethacrynic acid
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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.