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Cortifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate)and/or alternatives
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General Information on Cortifoam
Cortifoam is used for preventing ulcerative proctitis or ulcerative colitis of the rectum. Although it is not a cure for the condition, Cortifoam can relieve the symptoms such as diarrhea, bloody stools, and rectal pain.
The generic name of the medicine is Hydrocortisone, and it belongs to the group of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing inflammation in the patient’s rectum. Cortifoam is available in the form of an aerosol container and comes with a rectal applicator.
Side effects of Cortifoam
Do not buy Cortifoam if you have stomach or intestinal ulcers, infection, bleeding, are suffering from any blockage or underwent a recent surgery, have an eye condition such as glaucoma, cataract or herpes infection in the eye, heart problem such as recent heart attack or congestive heart failure, bone loss, thyroid problem, kidney or liver disease, high blood pressure, blood clotting or bleeding problem, a mental or mood condition such as depression or psychosis, or low potassium levels in the blood.
Burning or itching in the rectum can commonly occur as a side effect of Cortifoam. However, you should inform your doctor if this persists or worsens. If the medicine gets absorbed into your bloodstream, it may lead to swelling of the feet or ankles, vision problems, weight loss, unusual or extreme tiredness, headache, or increased urination or thirst.
Some serious side effects associated with Cortifoam include persistent or new rectal bleeding, black or tarry stools, unusual bleeding or bruising, dark colored vomit, bone pain, stomach or abdominal pain, mental or mood changes such as mood swings, depression, or agitation, brittle bones, irregular heartbeat, or muscle pain or weakness. You may also notice signs of an infection, including persistent throat soreness, fever, pain while urinating, irritation near the anus, and worsening redness in the area.
Some hypersensitive patients may also develop an allergic reaction after using Cortifoam. Symptoms of an allergy include hives, facial swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
Dosage of Cortifoam
Cortifoam has to be administered in the patient’s rectum as instructed by the doctor. Usually, you will have to use it once or twice a day for 2 to 3 weeks. After that, your doctor may ask you to use it every other day. The duration of treatment and the dosage depends on a patient’s medical condition and his or her response to treatment. In order to minimize the side effects of the drug, your doctor may ask you to lower the dose gradually once positive results have been achieved. The lowest dosage that can yield positive results for your condition will be maintained thereafter.
When you buy Cortifoam, its package will also contain an applicator that you can use to administer the drug in your rectum. Shake the bottle properly before application and hold it upright. Fill the applicator with the right Cortifoam dose, insert its tip gently into your anus, push its plunger to administer the medication, and then remove the applicator. Wash the applicator, container tip, and cap with warm water after use, and also wash your hands. Administering more Cortifoam than prescribed will not help in achieving the results any faster. It will only worsen the condition and increase the risk of serious side effects of the drug.
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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.