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Betoptic S (Betaxolol Hydrochloride)and/or alternatives
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Manufactured by: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc
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Basic Information On Betoptic S
The Betoptic S drug belongs to the beta blockers family of drugs and is prescribed to relieve the pressure in the eye for patients suffering from glaucoma. It is also known by the chemical name Betaxolol. The medication lowers the internal pressure in the eye and is used to treat such cases caused by open-angle glaucoma. In certain rare cases, individuals affected by high pressure in the eye known as ocular hypertension, are also prescribed these drops by the physician.
Precautions / Side Effects for Betoptic S
The Betoptic S drug on application to the eye is absorbed into the blood stream and it is therefore extremely important that you inform your physician of any history of diabetes, asthma, overactive thyroid or any cases of heart and respiratory diseases. Careful monitoring and dosage adjustments of Betaxolol are required in such cases by the physician. It is also required that you inform your healthcare physician for any possible problems related to blood vessels or stroke before the application of brand or generic Betoptic S. Do not follow medication if you have any known allergy for any of the labelled ingredients or to dyes, preservatives or animals.
It is best not to use during brand or generic Betoptic S when pregnant or breast feeding, as the effects of the medication during these periods have not been clinically established. The drug Betaxolol interacts with many known medications and is hence advisable that you inform your doctor for any other drugs that you are currently taking. Tobacco and alcohol also interfere with the Betoptic S with undesirable effects and hence it is required to abstain from them during the duration of application.
Betoptic S Dosage
The recommended dosage for Betoptic S is one drop twice daily in the affected eye. It can be used either alone or along with another intraocular pressure controlling drug. Care needs to be taken that the top of the dropper in the dispenser does not touch the eye to avoid any kind of infection. Some patients might also have a problem in keeping the liquid in the eye immediately after application and care needs to be taken to prevent premature drainage from the eye. The eye drop dispenser can be stored in temperatures between 2°C to 25°C (36°F to 77°F) and in an upright position. Ensure that you shake well before usage of the medication.
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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.