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Floxin Ear Drops (Ofloxacin)and/or alternatives
Floxin 0.3% from $8.17 USD/mlFloxin 0.3%
Marketed as Exocin Ear Drops in India
Manufactured by: Allergan Inc.
Product of India. Shipped from IndiaRxPrescription Required
Ofloxacin 0.3% from $2.78 USD/mlOfloxacin 0.3%
Generic Alternative to Floxin Ear Drops
Marketed as Oflox Ear Drops in India
Manufactured by: Cipla
Product of India. Shipped from IndiaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Floxin Ear Drops
Floxin Ear Drops is used for the treatment of bacterial infections in the outer and middle ear (e.g. swimmer’s ear and ear canal infections).
The active ingredient in the drug is Ofloxacin. Being a quinolone antibiotic, it works by stopping the growth and spread of bacteria in the ear that are responsible for causing the infection. In this way, the infection is treated.
Floxin Ear Drops is available in the form of an otic solution and needs to be applied directly in the infected ear.
Floxin Ear Drops is used for treating bacterial infections only and is ineffective against viral or yeast infections.
Side effects of Floxin Ear Drops
Your doctor will not recommend you to buy Floxin Ear Drops if you are allergic to Ofloxacin or any other quinolone antibiotic. Inform your doctor if you have had an ear infection or any other ear problem within the last 6 months. He or she will need to make some special dosage adjustments in such a case.
One noticeable side effect of Floxin Ear Drops is dizziness. Due to this, you should avoid driving a vehicle, operating a machine, or doing any such activity that requires you to be completely alert. Also limit alcoholic beverages during Floxin Ear Drops treatment, as alcohol may worsen the side effect of dizziness.
You should store Floxin Ear Drops in the refrigerator, but keep it out for 5-10 minutes before applying it in your ears. Applying cold ear drops in your ears may also aggravate dizziness.
Some common side effects associated with the drug include headache, earache, dizziness, mild discomfort, changes in taste, or irritation in the infected ear. These are harmless side effects of Floxin Ear Drops and can be easily managed with or without medical help. However, you should inform your doctor immediately if these symptoms persist or worsen.
You need to notify your doctor immediately if you suffer from hearing changes, skin rash, numbness or a tingly feeling, ear discharge or drainage, or worsening pain in the ear. These are serious side effects of the drug, and your doctor may need to make special adjustments in such a situation.
If you buy Floxin Ear Drops or a quinolone antibiotic for the first time, you should watch out for symptoms of an allergy. Such symptoms include hives, itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or face, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. Discontinue using Floxin Ear Drops and seek medical attention immediately if you witness any of these symptoms.
Dosage of Floxin Ear Drops
Usually, your doctor will recommend you to apply 5 to 10 drops in your infected ear twice a day. The duration of treatment may range from 10 to 14 days, depending on the type and severity of your ear infection.
You should use Floxin Ear Drops only as prescribed by your doctor, as using more drops than recommended or for a longer period will not help in any way. Doing so will only worsen the condition and increase your risks of suffering from the serious side effects of the drug.
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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.