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DermaCool (Hydrocortisone)and/or alternatives
DermaCool HC 1% from $8.67 USD/ounceDermaCool HC 1%
Manufactured by: Virbac AH Inc
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General Information on DermaCool
DermaCool is an astringent, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and alcohol-free cooling spray indicated for veterinary use. It is specifically prescribed to provide relief from moist skin lesions, localized itching and inflammation. DermaCool can be used for horses, dogs and cats of any age.
Hydrocortisone, the main active ingredient in the medication, belongs to a family of drugs known as anti-inflammatory therapeutic sprays. It works to reduce the number of basophils, monocytes, circulating lymphocytes (T and B cells), and eosinopihils. This action helps provide temporary relief from itching and pain.
DermaCool contains Hydrocortisone 1 % and several other ingredients such as lactic acid, hamamelis extract, propylene glycol, and menthol, which together form the cooling astringent. The cooling spray is the best treatment for a pet suffering from skin lesions and inflammation. The drug is a prescription medication, so you must consult a veterinarian before you buy DermaCool online.
Side effects of DermaCool
You should not buy DermaCool if your pet is allergic to any ingredient in the medication. Do not spray the medication near the eyes of the animal as this may cause health complications. The safety and efficacy of the medication has not been established for pregnant and lactating pets. As such, talk to your veterinarian before you buy DermaCool if your pet is breastfeeding or pregnant.
DermaCool may also cause mild to severe side effects in some pets. Skin rashes and itching are some common side effects associated with the drug. Some pets may also experience a burning sensation, paresthesia, and numbness after spraying the medication on their skin. Consult your veterinarian if your pet experiences any side effects after using DermaCool.
DermaCool may also cause irritation and transient pain in some dogs. In rare cases, the medication may cause severe side effects such as hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, and thinning of the skin. Stop using the cooling spray and consult your veterinarian if you pet suffers from any of the above mentioned side effects.
In extremely rare cases, the drug may cause allergic reaction in some pets. Difficulty swallowing, hives, swelling, or trouble breathing are some allergic reaction associated with DermaCool. Consult your veterinarian immediately if you see any symptoms in your pet that indicate allergic reactions after it is given the medication.
Dosage of DermaCool
Your veterinarian will give you specific instructions regarding the use of DermaCool. Shake the bottle well before using it. Spray DermaCool directly on the affected area two or three times daily or as recommended by your veterinarian. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the product.
DermaCool may interact with other medicines that are given to your pet and cause side effects even though it is not yet known to react adversely with any drug. To be on the safer side, avoid using DermaCool with other topical lotions or sprays as this may lead to harmful side effects.
To reduce the risk of drug interactions, use DermaCool only as per your veterinarian’s instructions. Before starting your pet’s treatment, inform the veterinarian about the different drugs you are administering to your pet.
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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.