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General Information on Labstix Strips
Labstix Strips are primarily used for testing the levels of bilirubin, glucose, ketone, blood, specific gravity, pH, urobilinogen, protein, leukocytes, and nitrite. It is normally prescribed for patients who are suffering from urinary tract disease, diabetes mellitus, and other medical conditions. You can easily buy labstix strips from any online prescription service and use them at a clinic or even at home.
Labstix strips are small pads that change colors based on the presence of different levels of glucose or ketones in the urine. These pads also change color according to the level of blood and protein in the urine and according to the pH level of the urine. The degree of change in color as shown in the pad will reflect the level of substances in the blood and your body. Monitoring these levels will help a patient understand his/her current medical condition and take the medication accordingly or as required.
Side effects of Labstix Strips
There are no known side effects of Labstix Strips
If you are planning to buy Labstix Strips and use them to measure glucose, blood, and ketones in the urine, then there are a few precautions you need to take. You must first check the expiry date on the bottle or pack. Some contracted pharmacies may inadvertently sell expired packs, and if you buy one of these, then the result shown by these pads will be incorrect and will not help in effectively monitoring your medical condition. If you are suffering from diabetes, you should use Labstix Strips only to measure glucose levels. It should be used only as a screening tool, and the results should not induce you to stop the administration of insulin. If you notice any positive results while using Labstix Strips, notify your doctor of the same. Sometimes, the results of the test can get altered if you are already on a medication or some form of a nutritional or herbal supplement. In such a scenario, it is advisable to consult your doctor first. Labstix Strips are available in packaged containers and should be kept at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
Labstix Strips Dosage
Labstix Strips should be used for testing a fresh urine specimen which is not more than 4 hours old. It is important to first place the urine in a clean and dry container. Remove one strip from the bottle and replace the cap immediately. Immerse all reagent areas into the urine specimen and wipe off the excess urine from the rim of the container. Dab off any residual urine using a tissue paper. Hold the Labstix strip in a vertical position and refer to the bottle label for monitoring specific reagent areas. Compare the color in the test area with the color scale provided on the label. For optimal results, it is important to read the colors precisely and complete the test when the urine is fresh. If you see any change in color after a few minutes or at the edges of the strip, then it will be of no diagnostic value.
There are no known interactions of Labstix Strips with other drugs.
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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.