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Isopto Atropine (Atropine Sulfate)and/or alternatives
Isopto Atropine 1% from $1.73 USD/mlIsopto Atropine 1%
Manufactured by: Alcon Canada Inc.
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Generic Alternative to Isopto Atropine
Marketed as Atrosulph in India
Manufactured by: Entod Pharma
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General Information on Isopto Atropine
Isopto Atropine is used for dilating the pupil before an eye examination and for treating certain inflammation conditions related to eye. The generic name of this drug is Atropine Ophthalmic. It comes under a category of drugs referred as anti-muscarinics. This drug is meant for ophthalmic use only and is available in strength Isopto Atropine 1 %.
Isopto Atropine dilates the eye by inhibiting the muscarinics receptors, which control the pupil size. You need a doctor’s prescription to buy Isopto Atropine as it is a prescription-based drug. Isopto Atropine may also be used for medical purposes that are not mentioned above.
Side effects of Isopto Atropine
Isopto Atropine is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to any ingredient used in the drug. If you are using this drug for the first time and experience a hypersensitive reaction (symptoms are: facial flushness, swelling of the upper face, or trouble swallowing or breathing), consult your doctor immediately.
Before starting treatment, you must inform your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have or have had any of the following: glaucoma, spastic paralysis, brain damage, Down’s syndrome, or any other eye disorder.
Like other drugs, Isopto Atropine may also cause certain side effects. Some of the known side effects of Isopto Atropine are: watering eyes, blurred vision, and increased sensitivity to bright light, mild irritation, and red eye. Inform your doctor if you experience any of these side effects after using the drug.
During treatment, avoid driving unless you are sure about how you react to the drug. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using Isopto Atropine. After administering Isopto Atropine wait for, at least, 15-20 minutes before reinserting contact lenses.
The safety of Isopto Atropine in pregnant women has not been confirmed. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using the drug.
Contents of Isopto Atropine may enter breast milk and cause harm to a nursing baby. If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using this drug.
Isopto Atropine should be used cautiously in elderly patients, patients who have raised intraocular pressure, and infants younger than 3 months.
Isopto Atropine may, in rare cases, cause side effects other than the ones listed here. To know all other possible side effects of this drug, consult your doctor or read the patient information leaflet that you receive when you buy Isopto Atropine.
Dosage of Isopto Atropine
The exact dosage of Isopto Atropine varies from patient to patient. Your doctor will prescribe you the correct dosage. The recommended dosage for treatment of inflammatory condition of the eye is 1-2 drops two or three times per day.
You must take your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not alter the prescribed dosage or treatment period on your own.
Certain other types of drugs, such as anti-histamines, tricyclic anti-depressants, phenothiazines, amantadine, and butyrophenones, can interact with Isopto Atropine. Before starting treatment, inform your doctor about all the drugs that you are taking, including all herbal and non-prescription drugs. In addition, during the course of your treatment, consult your doctor before starting any new medication.
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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.