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Epi-Otic (Salicylic Acid/Lactic Acid)and/or alternatives
Epi-Otic Cleanser 0.1%/2.5% from $1.71 USD/ounceEpi-Otic Cleanser 0.1%/2.5%
Manufactured by: Virbac AH Inc
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General Information on Epi-Otic
Epi-Otic is a skin and ear cleanser for dogs and cats which helps remove the necrotic or dead tissues and debris that surface due to superficial skin lesions. The drug thereby provides the perfect environment for tissue growth or regeneration. It is available in the form of a clear pale blue liquid, and the ingredients include Aliphatic glycol, lactic acid, water, and other nonhazardous constituents.
Epi-Otic works as an antiseptic and keratolytic and makes use of glycotechnology to prevent pseudomonas bacteria from attaching themselves to the surface of the pet’s skin. The application of Epi-Otic ensures the elimination of yeast build-up and bacteria, which helps prevent severe irritation in cats and dogs. Epi-Otic advanced ear cleanser also consists of secondary ingredients like Salicylic acid, Disodium EDTA, l-rhamnose, d-galactose, d-mannose, and PCMX. You can buy Epi-Otic only if it has been prescribed by the veterinarian.
Side effects of Epi-Otic
There are no known mild or serious side effects of Epi-Otic in cats and dogs.
Epi-Otic is used as an ear cleaner, and as such, it must never come in contact with the eyes or nose of a dog or cat. Even the smallest trace of Epi-Otic in the eye can lead to temporary blindness in both cats and dogs. You need to be careful while administering this drug to your pet. Epi-Otic should also be kept out of reach of children and infants as any accidental intake or contact with this drug can lead to stomach problems and poisoning in some cases. While administering Epi-Otic to your dog or cat, ensure that it is not applied on an area where a rash or skin infection already exists, as it can cause severe skin irritation. Epi-Otic should not be used in pets that have been diagnosed with severe ear problems like ruptured tympanic membranes or a ruptured eardrum.
Epi-Otic is available in the form of 60ml and 125ml bottles and is applied in the ears of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens to remove crust, dirt, and scales. You can initially start treatment with Epi-Otic 60ml and then buy Epi-Otic 125ml over time if your veterinary doctor recommends you to increase the dosage for your pet’s condition. Ensure that the Epi-Otic bottle is shaken well before use. The drug comes along with a nozzle that has to be placed in the ear of your pet to ensure that Epi-Otic flows well through the ear canal. The next step is to gently rub the base of the ear of your pet after application. After a few minutes, use a lightly moistened swab to wipe the interior regions of the ear flap clean. You can use Epi-Otic two to three times a week or daily as advised by your vet. The drug should be stored at room temperature.
Epi-Otic is not known to have any interactions with other ear or skin cleansing gels, creams, or drugs. It is meant for animal use only and should not come in contact with your eyes, mouth, or nose.
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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.