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Maxidex Ophthalmic Drops (Dexamethasone)and/or alternatives
Maxidex 0.1% from $1.93 USD/mlMaxidex 0.1%
Manufactured by: Alcon Laboratories UK Ltd
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
General Information on Maxidex Eye Drops
Maxidex Eye Drops is used for treating inflammation in the eyes caused due to surgery, injury, infection or any other condition. Its generic name is Dexamethasone Ophthalmic, and it belongs to the class of medicines known as corticosteroids.
It works by inhibiting body processes that cause inflammation. In this way, pain and swelling due to the inflammation are decreased.
The medicine is available in the form of an ophthalmic solution, that needs to be inserted into the eyes as eye drops. In some cases, this medicine can also be used for treating itching, redness or swelling on the outer ear due to inflammation.
Side effects of Maxidex Eye Drops
Before your doctor recommends you to buy Maxidex Eye Drops, he or she would like to make sure that you are not suffering from any other eye infection, severe nearsightedness or myopia, open-angle type of glaucoma, cataracts or if you recently had a recent eye surgery. If you are using the medicine to treat ear inflammation, you should inform your doctor if you have any other ear problem such as ear infection or hole in the eardrum.
When you apply the eye drops in your eyes, your vision may become unstable or blurred for a few minutes. You should avoid driving a vehicle or performing any such task during this period, as serious mishap may take place.
In some cases, burning or stinging in the eyes for a couple of minutes may occur after applying the medicine. If you are using the medicine in your ear, stinging or burning can occur there too. You should notify your doctor if the condition becomes untolerable.
Using Maxidex Eye Drops for a long period or in higher doses than needed can lead to serious eye problems such as cataracts or high pressure in the eyes. You should immediately tell your doctor if you develop eye pain or vision problems during the treatment.
Maxidex Eye Drops may mask signs of an ear or eye infection. You should immediately inform your doctor if you notice discharge, redness or swelling in your eye or ear, if you develop hearing or vision problems, or if you notice no improvement in the condition of your eye or ear. Also inform your doctor promptly if you develop dizziness or headache after using the medicine.
Dosage of Maxidex Eye Drops
The amount and frequency of applying the eye drops and the duration of treatment largely depends on the type and severity of your inflammation.
Do not forget to wash your hands before and after applying the medicine.
Drug Interactions of Maxidex Eye Drops
Do not buy Maxidex Eye Drops along with any other eye medicines, ointments or eye drops, without consulting with your doctor.
Also do not take any oral steroid medicines along with it, including prednisone, hydrocortisone or methylprednisolone.
Apart from these, inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking at present, including eye drops, eye ointments, herbal preparations and health supplements.
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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.