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EpiCeram Controlled Release Topical Emulsion 3:01:01 from $1.48 USD/gramEpiCeram Controlled Release Topical Emulsion 3:01:01
Marketed as Epiceram Skin Barrier in Canada
Manufactured by: Puracap Pharmaceutical
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General Information on Epiceram
Epiceram is also known as EpiCeram Skin Barrier Emulsion and is a steroid-free and fragrance free skin care cream. Epiceram in mostly used for treating dry skin and help in relieving a person of the itching or burning sensation that is associated with skin conditions like radiation dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and irritant contact dermatitis.
The primary ingredients of EpiCeram Skin Barrier Emulsion include free fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterol. Epiceram works as a barrier cream as well as a moisturizer. It works on the skin or the infected/ affected area by moistening it so as to hasten the healing process.
Side effects of Epiceram
The use of Epiceram has not been reported to lead to any severe side effects, although some people may experience a few minor side effects. One of the most common side effects of EpiCeram Emulsion is that of a tingling feeling in and around the area of application. Normally, this tingling sensation wanes or subsides after a few days, but if it persists, then it is advisable to report the same to your doctor.
Some of the rare serious side effects of Epiceram mostly include allergic reactions like swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and mouth. Some people may even suffer from rashes or hives, while others may experience continuous itching, a feeling of tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing. In such a scenario, it is important to inform the doctor immediately and seek emergency medical help.
Even though Epiceram is considered to be a harmless cream, there are a few precautions that need to be observed. You can easily buy Epiceram as it is an over the counter drug, but it is advisable to consult your doctor before doing so. If you are to undergo radiation therapy, EpiCeram Emulsion should not be applied within 4 hours prior to the procedure. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is better to consult your doctor before applying Epiceram although there are no clinical test reports available to suggest that it is harmful during pregnancy or that it poses a risk to an infant or child who is being breastfed.
Epiceram is available in the form of 50g and 90g tubes and needs to be stored at 59ºF to 86ºF (15ºC to 30ºC). Epiceram should be used as directed by the doctor and is meant only for external use. The standard procedure is to apply the cream twice daily in the form of a thin layer to the affected area. You can slowly massage the cream onto the affected area. Depending on your requirements, you can buy Epiceram 50g and then progress to a Epiceram 90g tube if your doctor recommends it.
Epiceram does not have too many interactions, although it should never be used immediately before or after radiation therapy. It should not be used by people who are already suffering from some sort of skin allergy or if they are allergic to any of the ingredients of EpiCeram Emulsion.
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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.