Buy Diprolene Ointment from Canadian & International Pharmacies
Diprolene Ointment (Betamethasone Dipropionate)and/or alternatives
Diprolene 0.05% from $1.09 USD/gramDiprolene 0.05%
Manufactured by: Merck Canada Inc
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription RequiredCurrently Unavailable
Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% from $0.96 USD/gramBetamethasone Dipropionate 0.05%
Generic Alternative to Diprolene Ointment
Marketed as Teva-Topisone in Canada
Manufactured by: Teva
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Diprolene Ointment
Diprolene Ointment is indicated for the treatment of inflammation due to certain skin conditions like contact dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and plaque psoriasis. The generic name of this drug is Betamethasone Dipropionate. As it is a prescription-based drug, you need a doctor’s prescription to buy Diprolene Ointment.
This drug is available in only one strength, Diprolene Ointment 0.5%. What this basically means that the concentration of betamethasone dipropionate, the active ingredient in the preparation, is 0.5%. Each ml of Diprolene Ointment contains 0.5 mg of betamethasone dipropionate. This drug also contains the following inert ingredients: white wax, propylene glycol stearate, white petrolatum, and propylene glycol.
Diprolene Ointment is meant for dermatologic use only. This drug is not meant for oral, intravaginal, or ophthalmic use.
Side effects of Diprolene Ointment
Diprolene Ointment may cause a few side effects. The side effects of this drug, both in number and intensity, vary from patient to patient. Some patients may experience severe side effects, while others may experience no side effects at all. To better understand the risks this drug can present to you, speak to your doctor about it before starting treatment.
The most common side effects of Diprolene Ointment are: skin redness, skin itching, blistering skin, stretch marks, or thinning of the skin. In addition to these, other known side effects of Diprolene Ointment are: uneven heartbeat, insomnia, weight gain, puffiness of the face, tiredness, or mood changes. If any of the aforementioned side effects occur during treatment and cause discomfort, you should consult your doctor at once.
You should not buy Diprolene Ointment if you have a known allergy to betamethasone dipropionate or any other ingredient present in the formulation. An allergic reaction can be fatal if immediate medical help is not sought on time. If you are using Diprolene Ointment for the first time, immediately report the occurrence of the following symptoms to your doctor if they arise: hives, facial flushing, severe skin rashes or itching, swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or closing of the throat.
The use of Diprolene Ointment in pregnant women should only be considered if the expected benefit to the mother significantly exceeds any potential harm to the fetus.
The use of Diprolene Ointment in lactating mothers should only be considered if the expected benefit to the mother is greater than any potential harm to the nursing child.
Dosage of Diprolene Ointment
The recommended dosage is a thin film of Diprolene Ointment applied topically on the affected area once or twice daily. To prevent the drug from entering your eyes, mouth, or nose, wash your hands thoroughly before and after administering the drug.
You should store Diprolene Ointment at 20°-30°C. Keep the drug away from children and bright light and moisture.
Certain drugs may increase the risk of side effects of Diprolene Ointment or reduce its effectiveness. Therefore, inform your doctor about all the drugs you are taking, including herbal and over-the-counter medicines, before you buy Diprolene Ointment.
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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.