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Emflex (Acemetacin)and/or alternatives
Emflex 60mg from $1.06 USD/tabletEmflex 60mg
Manufactured by: Merck Serono UK
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General Information on Emflex
Emflex is prescribed primarily to relieve inflammation and pain caused by a medical condition. The active ingredient in the drug is acemetacin, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The medical conditions that can be treated using Emflex include musculoskeletal conditions like different forms of arthritis, lower and upper back pain, and any pain that surfaces after a surgical or orthopedic procedure.
Acemetacin, the primary ingredient in Emflex, is responsible for blocking the action of cyclo-oxygenase (COX), a naturally occurring substance in the human body. COX produces different chemicals that fall under the category of prostaglandins. Prostaglandin production is a response to certain diseases, medical conditions, and injuries, and causes pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Side effects of Emflex
Emflex is available in the form of capsules, and you can buy Emflex only if it is prescribed by a doctor. The drug can lead to mild or severe side effects, the severity of which differs from patient to patient. One of the most common side effects is the masking of signs and symptoms of an infection, including inflammation and fever. This can lead anyone to believe that the infection is getting better when it is not. As such, it is recommended that you always inform your doctor post Emflex treatment to rule out the existence of any infection.
Emflex can also bring about severe side effects, especially in the stomach or intestines. These include perforation or bleeding of the stomach, ulceration, and stomach disorders. These side effects are predominant in elderly people and can be quite common in patients who are receiving a high dose of the medication. If you are passing blood in the urine and stools or are vomiting blood, you need to stop taking Emflex and consult your doctor immediately.
Some of the rare side effects of Emflex include peeling of the skin or blistering like toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and exfoliative dermatitis. Although these side effects are quite rare, they can become apparent in the first month of Emflex treatment itself.
It is recommended that you inform your doctor before you buy Emflex if you are suffering from or getting treatment for certain medical conditions. These conditions include high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, cerebrovascular disease, ulcerative colitis, and hyperlipidemia. If you are taking any diuretic drugs or are on a low sodium diet, the risk of suffering from the side effects of Emflex is greater.
Emflex is available in 60 mg, 120 mg, and 180 mg strengths. Most doctors prescribe Emflex 120 mg two or three times a day, which should be taken with food or an antacid. The dosage can be increased to Emflex 180 mg if deemed suitable by your doctor. Any kind of overdose should be avoided.
Emflex can have mild to severe interactions with other drugs. Some of the medications that have been known to react adversely with acemetacin include aspirin, ibuprofen, clopidogrel (antiplatelet drug), warfarin (anticoagulant), antidepressants like citalopram or fluoxetine, furosemide (diuretic), and quinolone antibiotics like norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin.
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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.