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Civanex (Zucapsaicin)and/or alternatives
Civanex 0.075% from $4.66 USD/gramCivanex 0.075%
Marketed as Zuacta Cream in Canada
Manufactured by: Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription RequiredCurrently Unavailable
General Information on Civanex
Civanex is a medication with the generic name zucapsaicin. You can buy Civanex for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the knee, as well as other forms of neuropathic pain.
Civanex is also effective in treating conditions associated with nerve pain. These conditions include migraine headaches, cluster headaches and herpes simplex infections. You doctor may prescribe Civanex for other medical purposes as well.
Civanex is available in the form of a topical cream that can be applied on the affected area. You can buy this cream in 30gm or 60gm tubes, with a concentration of 0.075%.
Side effects of Civanex
Civanex may cause certain severe side effects if it is absorbed by the skin. If you notice any severe side effects after taking Civanex, you must inform the same to your doctor immediately. Some of these severe side effects include the following:
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- Bleeding from the nose
- Bleeding from a wound
- Aplastic Anemia
- Conjunctival hemorrhage
- Gastric ulcers
- Renal disease
- Steven-Johnson Syndrome
- Inflammation of the blood vessels
- Ocular bleeding
- Impaired cognition
In some cases, Civanex may cause mild and short-term side effects. These side effects do not require medical attention, since they subside on their own in most cases. However, you must inform your doctor if any of the following mild side effects turn severe or refuse to subside:
- Rough skin patches
- Itching or rashes on the skin
- Small, round lesions on the skin
- Muscle pain
Civanex may cause an allergic reaction in very rare cases, which would be characterized by swelling of the skin, breathing problems and the appearance of hives. You must seek emergency medical help if you suffer from an allergic reaction. Do not buy Civanex if you previously suffered from an allergy to zucapsaicin.
Dosage of Civanex
The dosage and duration of treatment of Civanex would be determined by your doctor. You must follow the exact dosage prescribed for you by the doctor. Never apply a larger dose of Civanex cream on the affected skin, as the medication may get absorbed by the skin into the body, which may lead to adverse side effects.
The prescribed dose of Civanex must be applied directly onto the skin and then rubbed until a thin layer is formed. Your doctor would show you how to correctly apply this medication. If you have any doubts regarding this procedure, you may ask your doctor or pharmacist or refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with Civanex.
Do not apply Civanex on an open wound or allow it to come into contact with your nose, mouth, rectum or vagina. If the cream comes into contact with these areas, you must wash them thoroughly until any trace of the drug has been removed.
Civanex is a topical cream, so it is not likely to interact with any tablets, capsules, syrups or injections you are taking orally. Nevertheless, it is best if you keep your doctor informed about any drug, skin care product or topical ointment you apply.
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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.