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Basic Information On Rebetol
Rebetol is an anti-viral drug. It is used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis-C (CHC). It is used in a combination therapy with interferon alfa-2b drugs (that is pegylated or non-pegylated). It is also used in the treatment of several other viral infections. The precise mechanism of action of the drug is not known yet. However, it is a prodrug. It gets metabolized and converted and becomes similar to the purine RNA nucleotide. Thus, it acts by interfering with the metabolism of RNA which is necessary for the replication of the virus. The drug also has its effect on DNAs of several viruses. However, its mode of action is not known. The drug improves the host’s immunity against viruses, mediated through the T-cells. Brand or generic Rebetol is not recommended for administration in patients less than 3 years of age.
Precautions / Side Effects For Rebetol
Common side effects that you may experience with Rebetol are muscle pain, headache, weight loss, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, feeling tired, irritable, mood changes, anxiety, swelling, pain and irritation at the site of injection. Seek medical assistance if you experience or observe any signs of allergic reactions such as hives, swelling of the throat, tongue, lips or face and hives. Inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the components of Ribavirin.
Serious side effects of brand or generic Rebetol may include flu-like symptoms, body pain, fever, chills, problem with vision, nausea, vomiting, severe pain in the stomach (especially upper part that spreads towards the back), faster heart rate, chest pain, stabbing chest-pain, heavy feeling in the chest, sweating, pain that spreads to the arms or shoulders, wheezing, shortness of breath, yellowish or pale skin, easy bruising, easy bleeding, dark colored urine and unusual weakness. Other side effects of the Ribavirin are hallucination, severe depression, confusion, suicidal thoughts or hurting one’s self.
In a combination therapy with Pegintron the recommended dose of Rebetol is 15 mg/kg/day for patients with body weight < 47 kg. The drug is administered orally in form of capsules. 800 mg /day is for body weight 47-59 kg; 1000 mg/day for body weight 60-73 Kg; 1200 mg/day for body weight > 73 kg. In re-treatment with Intron A the recommended oral dose of Rebetol drug is 2X200 mg capsules-AM and 3X200 mg capsules-PM for body weight < 75 kg and for body weight > 75kg it is 3X200mg capsules-AM and PM. In pediatric patients 15 mg/kg/day dosage is recommended orally in divided doses (AM and PM).
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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.