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Epzicom (Abacavir Sulfate/Lamivudine)and/or alternatives
Epzicom 600/300mg from $25.66 USD/tabletEpzicom 600/300mg
Marketed as Kivexa in European Union
Manufactured by: GlaxoSmithKline UK Ltd
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Marketed as Albavir in India
Manufactured by: Mylan Laboratories
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Abacavir Sulfate/Lamivudine 600/300mg is also available from CanadaAbacavir Sulfate/Lamivudine 600/300mg from $5.13 USD/tabletAbacavir Sulfate/Lamivudine 600/300mg
Generic Alternative to Epzicom
Marketed as Mylan-Abacavir Lamivudine in Canada
Manufactured by: Mylan Laboratories
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Basic Information On Epzicom
Epzicom is used in adjunction with other retroviral drugs to treat HIV-1 infection. HIV virus disrupts the function of the body’s immune system. This drug prevents the HIV from reproducing and thus reduces the amount of HIV in your body and in turn helps the immune system function better. This drug additionally reduces the risk of you developing complications related to HIV. It belongs to the class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI.) Epzicom can only treat HIV infection. It is not a cure for the disease. The drug does not help in stopping the spread of HIV to other individuals through blood or sexual relations.
Precautions / Side Effects For Epzicom
This medicine is a combination of two drugs, abacavir and lamivudine. You should not take this drug if you have previously demonstrated hypersensitivity to abacavir or lamivudine or to other inactive ingredients of the drug. Before your doctor prescribes you this medication, he should be made aware of your entire medical history including renal disorders, hepatic problems as hepatitis B, C or cirrhosis, pancreatic disorders or alcoholism. Brand or generic Epzicom might slightly increase the risk of heart attacks, so make sure you have discussed with your doctor all the risks, especially if you have a history of heart trouble. During pregnancy, the medicine should be used only if the doctor says so. Do not breast-feed while using this drug.
Discontinue the use of this drug if you experience reactions like fever, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, abdominal pain, tiredness, or shortness of breath. Some serious side effects of the drug include jaundice, dark colored urine, reduced hunger, depression, anemia, or clay colored stools. In case of any of these, contact your doctor immediately. Use of Epzicom can cause alterations in body fat, and consequently the body shape might change.
It is available as tablets of strengths 300 mg or 600 mg. The drug can be taken with or without food. For adults, the suggested dose is one 600 mg/300 mg tablet daily, in combination with other retroviral agents. The doctor will suggest the strength based on your condition and requirements. Epzicom drug can be taken with or without food. Ideally, it should be taken at the same time daily.
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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.