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Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin Monohydrate Macrocrystals)and/or alternatives
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Marketed as MacroBID in Canada
Manufactured by: Warner Chilcott Canada
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Basic Information On Macrobid
Macrobid is used in the treatment of bacterial infections of the urinary tract. It belongs to the family of drugs known as antibiotics. This medicine acts by destroying the bacteria that are responsible for the infection. It is not advisable to use this medicine to treat infections of areas other than the bladder. It should be known that this can only treat bacterial infections and should not be used in case of viral infections like flu. Macrobid drug comes in the form of capsules or a liquid to be taken orally. This drug is not indicated for use in babies less than one month in age.
Precautions / Side Effects For Macrobid
The chief ingredient of this medicine is nitrofurantoin. Do not take this drug if you have proven hypersensitivity to the ingredients of this drug. Before taking brand or generic Macrobid, tell your doctor if you have low red blood cells, renal disorders, lung disease, G-6-PD deficiency (a genetic blood disorder), or damaged nerves. Your doctor should know if you are pregnant, intend to be pregnant, or are breast-feeding. This use of this drug is contraindicated in the last month of pregnancy. This medication might increase your sensitivity to light; hence it is advised to avoid preventable exposure to sunlight.
The use of nitrofurantoin increases the chances of adverse reactions if you have a history of jaundice. These include headache, dark yellow or brown urine, fluid retention, vaginal irritation, or blurred vision. A few of the rare and serious side effects include alterations in vision, pain in the eyes, mood swings, severe headache, signs of a new infection, persistent nausea and vomiting, increased tendency to bruise, or increased heartbeats. In case you experience any of these, contact your doctor immediately. This drug might cause serious lung problems in extremely rare instances. These symptoms usually surface within first 30 days of treatment or in case of long-term uses.
Macrobid drug is available as capsules in strengths of 100 mg. These capsules should be consumed with food. The usual treatment course recommends using one capsule every twelve hours for a week. If you but the medicine in liquid form, you can mix it with water, milk or fruit juice. It is essential that you complete the entire recommended dose of the antibiotic.
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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.