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Gastrocrom (Cromolyn Sodium)and/or alternatives
Gastrocrom 100mg from $1.54 USD/capsuleGastrocrom 100mg
Marketed as Nalcrom in European Union
Manufactured by: Sanofi Aventis
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
General Information on Nalcrom
You may buy Nalcrom for the relief of certain symptoms of allergic reactions. The generic name for Nalcrom is sodium cromoglicate, which is a mast cell stabilizer.
The method of action of Nalcrom is not known completely, but it is thought to stabilize and prevent the release of histamines from mast cells, which are an integral part of the immune system. Mast cells are triggered to release histamines when the body is exposed to certain foreign particles known as allergens. The chemicals released by mast cells cause inflammations and fight off the foreign substance.
When mast cells are stabilized and the level of histamine and other inflammation-causing chemicals are reduced, the body’s allergic response is diminished and the patient is relieved of the allergy symptoms.
Side effects of Nalcrom
You must not buy Nalcrom if you have previously suffered an allergy to cromoglicic acid or to any other ingredients used in this medication. For this reason, you must inform your doctor about your allergies, if you have any, before Nalcrom is prescribed for you. You must also stop taking this medication and seek immediate medical assistance if you find yourself suffering from an allergic reaction. The signs of such a reaction include the appearance of hives, breathing problems, tightness in the chest and swollen tongue, throat and face.
Nalcrom is not known to be dangerous to the fetus if it is taken during pregnancy. Nevertheless, you must consult your doctor and discuss about the safety of this medication before buying it, if you are pregnant.
Mild side effects may occur on taking Nalcrom. These side effects are merely transient and go away on their own. They include joint pain, mild nausea and redness or rashes on skin. You must talk to your doctor if these side effects turn severe or if they do not go away even after a long time. There are no side effects reported when Nalcrom is taken along with other medications. However, it is recommended that you still talk to your doctor and share the complete list of other medications you are taking before you take Nalcrom.
Dosage of Nalcrom
Nalcrom is available as inhaler, nasal spray and capsules in order to treat asthma, nasal allergies and other forms of allergies. Irrespective of the form of Nalcrom you are buying, you must read and follow the instruction label that comes with the medication. If Nalcrom has been prescribed for you, then you must follow the explicit instructions of your doctor.
Do not shift to any other brand or dosage form of Nalcrom without informing your doctor and discussing the risks involved in doing so. As an inhaled medication, Nalcrom is usually taken three to four times in a day for preventing asthma attacks. It is also used to prevent any breathing problems arising due to exercise.
If you are not sure about the correct usage of Nalcrom, you must ask your doctor or a suitable healthcare professional about the right method of administration. You must administer only the dosage prescribed for your own condition.
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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.