Buy Lozol from Canadian & International Pharmacies
Lozol (Indapamide)and/or alternatives
Lozol 1.25mg from $0.64 USD/tabletLozol 1.25mg
Marketed as Lozide in Canada
Manufactured by: Servier Canada Inc.
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
Lozol 2.5mg from $0.61 USD/tabletLozol 2.5mg
Marketed as Natrilix in European Union
Manufactured by: Schering-Plough Ltd
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
Indapamide 1.25mg from $0.13 USD/tabletIndapamide 1.25mg
Generic Alternative to Lozol
Marketed as Mylan-Indapamide in Canada
Manufactured by: Mylan Laboratories
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Lozol
Lozol is a water pill used for treating edema or fluid retention in patients having congestive heart failure. Its generic name is Indapamide, and it belongs to the class of thiazide diuretics. Sometimes, your doctor may also recommend you to buy Lozol in order to treat hypertension or high blood pressure.
The medicine is available in the form of oral tablets. It works by preventing the patient’s body from absorbing excess salt, which is responsible for causing fluid retention.
Side effects of Lozol
Before you buy Lozol, inform your doctor if you have allergy to it, or if you are suffering from a kidney or liver disease, gout or diabetes or if you have a history of certain nerve surgery or sympathectomy.
As the drug makes you dizzy, you should avoid driving a vehicle, operating a machine or doing any such activity that needs complete alertness. Ignoring this may result in an unfortunate mishap. Also, limit consumption of alcohol during Lozol treatment, as it may worsen the side effects.
The drug may decrease potassium level in your blood. Therefore, do not use any salt substitutes or potassium supplements during Lozol treatment. As the drug may increase your sensitivity to the sun, you should avoid being exposed to it, or to sunlamps or tanning booths. Always make sure that you wear protective clothes and use sunscreen while going out.
Some of the common side effects associated with Lozol include dizziness, mild skin rash or headache. However, you should seek medical help if you develop weakness, drowsiness, restlessness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, vomiting, nausea, thirst, muscle weakness, pain, or uneven or fast heartbeat.
Some hypersensitive patients may also develop an allergic reaction to the medicine. Symptoms of an allergy include severe dizziness, facial swelling, difficulty breathing or hives on body.
Dosage of Lozol
In order to treat edema in patients with congestive heart failure, a single daily dose of Lozol 2.5mg is recommended initially. The dosage can be increased to Lozol 5mg per day after one week, depending on your response to the treatment.
In order to treat high blood pressure, a single dose of Lozol 1.25mg per day is recommended to be taken in the morning. After 4 weeks, the dosage can be increased to Lozol 2.5mg per day, depending on your response to the treatment. Your doctor may recommend you to take other anti-hypertensive medicines along with Lozol.
You can take the tablet with or without meals. Your doctor will usually recommend you to take the tablet in the morning. Avoid taking it during night, as it may increase your need to urinate, which may disturb your sleep.
Drug Interactions of Lozol
Your doctor will not recommend you to take Lozol if you are already taking other medicines to treat blood pressure, steroids (e.g. prednisone), salicylates (e.g. aspirin), ACE inhibitors (e.g. benazepril or rapipril), NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen or piroxicam) or oral medicines for treating diabetes.
Apart from these, inform your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking at present. This includes prescription as well as non-prescription drugs, health supplements and herbal products.
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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.