Buy Brovana from Canadian & International Pharmacies
Brovana (Arformoterol Tartate)and/or alternatives
Brovana 15mcg/2mL from $15.73 USD/nebuleBrovana 15mcg/2mL
Manufactured by: Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Product of United StatesRxPrescription RequiredCurrently Unavailable
Arformoterol Tartate 15mcg/2mL from $0.69 USD/nebuleArformoterol Tartate 15mcg/2mL
Generic Alternative to Brovana
Marketed as Foratec Respules in India
Manufactured by: Cipla
Product of India. Shipped from IndiaRxPrescription RequiredCurrently Unavailable
General Information on Brovana
Brovana is the brand name for arformoterol, which is a bronchodilator. This particular medication relaxes the muscles around the airways, thus making it easier to breathe. You can buy Brovana for the prevention of bronchoconstriction that occurs in patients suffering from COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
it is important to understand that Brovana only prevents bronchospasm attacks, and cannot treat one that has already commenced. Your doctor may be prescribed Brovana for other medical purposes as well, even if they are not listed above.
Brovana is available in the form of 2ml vials of inhalation solutions. Each dose contains dose strength of Brovana 15mcg. Other major ingredients used in this solution include sodium citrate and citric acid.
Side effects of Brovana
Brovana may cause serious side effects in rare cases. Some of them are given below:
- Sores or white patches inside the mouth or on the lips
- Rapid weight gain, swelling
- Falling short of breath after mild exertion
- Wheezing, breathing problems, chest tightness and other signs of bronchospasms
- Restlessness, rapid and pounding heartbeat, chest pain, tremors
- Increased thirst, dry mouth, restlessness, drowsiness, nausea, confusion, increased urination, vomiting, rapid heart rate, muscle weakness or pain
Brovana may also cause milder side effects, such as those given below:
- Deep or hoarse voice
- Stuffy nose
- Leg cramps
- Diarrhea, vomiting and nausea
- Sleeping problems
- Weakness, headache
You must not buy Brovana if you have previously suffered from an allergy to arformoterol. Signs of an allergy would include the occurrence of hives, breathing difficulties and a swollen face or throat.
Dosage of Brovana
The exact procedure of administering Brovana would be explained by your doctor, which you must follow. Do not attempt to use the inhalation solution if you are not clear on the procedure. It is best if you clear any doubt you have related to this with your doctor or pharmacist. You can also refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with the Brovana pack.
You must not use Brovana for treating a bronchospasm attack that has already started; the solution can only be used for fast-acting inhalation. If you have changed to Brovana from a short-acting bronchodilator, you stop using your previous one and administer it only in case of a sudden attack.
Brovana is administered through a standard jet nebulizer machine. This machine is connected to the air compressor. You must not mix Brovana with another inhalation drug inside the nebulizer. You must also maintain and clean the machine to avoid this. You must not take Brovana solution orally. If this occurs by accident, you would need immediate medical help.
Brovana is known to interact with several medications, including the following:
- Beta blockers
- Heart rhythm medicines
- MAO inhibitors
- Narcotic medicines
- Steroidal medicines
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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.