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Generic Alternative to Salagen
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Basic Information On Salagen
Salagen is indicated for the treatment of dry mouth caused due to reduced salivary secretion from salivary glands. It belongs to a class of drugs called cholinergic agonist. Dry mouth could result due to several conditions. Most individuals who are prescribed the Salagen drug undergo radiation therapy for head and neck cancers; dry mouth is one of the side effects of radiation therapy. That apart another condition which causes dry mouth is Sjögren's Syndrome. This medication does not cure the autoimmune disease but only alleviates the symptoms of dry mouth.
Side Effects/Precautions For Salagen
Side effects of Salagen or Pilocarpine include changes in vision with accompanying headache and sometimes dizziness. For patients who are being treated for dry mouth caused due to Sjögren's Syndrome, this side effect may rule out treatment with this medication as the disease also affects the eyes. Other side effects include increase in the rate of dehydration through increased sweating and increased urination. It is thus essential to increase the intake of fluids when on treatment with brand or generic Salagen medication.
Pilocarpine use may be ruled out if you have problems like glaucoma, heart problems, liver problems, and kidney and bladder problems. You must mention all problems and medications that you are taking for these disorders, to your doctor. If you are a woman, then you must discuss the use of brand or generic Salagen during pregnancy. It is not known if this medication can cause harm to the fetus. There have been no studies or reports to suggest that this medication can be secreted into breast milk.
For head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation therapy, a dose of 5 mg is prescribed to be taken 3 times a day. Any further increase should be done only after assessment for a period of 12 weeks. The total daily dose of Salagen should not exceed 30 mg. For treating individuals with Sjögren's Syndrome, a total dose of 20 mg is recommended to be taken in divided doses of 5 mg four times a day. No dose adjustments are required for individuals with hepatic insufficiency. However, for moderate hepatic impaired, the recommended daily dose is 10 mg. This drug is not recommended for individuals with severe hepatic impairment.
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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.