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General Information on Epakitin
Epakitin is a chitosan based nutritional supplement that is given to both cats and dogs that suffer from chronic renal failure. It is given to cats and dogs to treat heightened renal mineralization, which is caused by the decreased levels of serum hyperphosphatemia, which is further caused when cats and dogs are unable to absorb phosporous. The primary ingredient of Epatkin is Chitosan and the secondary ingredients include calcium carbonate, lactose, and hydrolyzed soy protein.
The primary ingredient of Epakitin is Chitosan, which is a natural polysaccharide that is extracted from shrimp and crab shells. Laboratory tests have proven Epakitin to be an effective phosphate binder and it helps in decreasing phosphatemia. Apart from this, you can also buy Epakitin to reduce creatinine and urea levels in the blood and can increase the life expectancy of a cat or dog without affecting their daily food consumption.
Side effects of Epakitin
In most cases observed, intake of Epakitin has not shown any side effects in dogs or cats. There have been reports of rare cases of Epakitin side effects with primary symptoms being constipation, diarrhea, panting and even excessive drooling. Some dogs and cats may also show allergy symptoms after administration of Epakitin. These symptoms include rashes on the skin of cats and dogs, hives, excessive scratching by pets leading to reddness and even infection. If you are able to identify any of these symptoms in your cat or dog then consult a veterinarian immediately.
Epakitin is a calcium based product and hence you need to consult your vet about any side effects that can occur if the calcium levels of your cat are on the higher side. You should also consult the vet if you are providing your cat with Calcitriol. It is important to ensure that cat and dog medicines don’t contain even the smallest amount of aluminum as it can be dangerous for pets suffering from kidney diseases.
Epakitin powder is available in 50mg, 150mg, and 300mg boxes. The standard dosage for both cats and dogs are to start with Epakitin 1g for every 10lbs or 5kg of your pet's bodyweight. It needs to be given to your pet twice daily by sprinkling it in their food. You can buy Epakitin for your dog or cat and ensure that you serve them water as well after each meal so that it helps their body to flush out toxins. The standard pack is the Epakitin 50mg box and you can initially accustom your cat or dog to it and then slowly go onto to a larger pack like the Epakitin 150mg if the vet prescribes. Depending on the kidney condition of your dog or cat, administration of Epakitin can be lifelong.
Epakitin is not known to interact with any other medicine or nutritional supplement and is considered as one of the safest supplements for treating cats and dogs suffering from renal failure. In fact, some doctors even prescribe Epakitin as a combination supplement with other supplements or even renal medicines.
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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.