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Welchol (Colesevelam Hydrochloride)and/or alternatives
Welchol 625mg from $1.06 USD/tabletWelchol 625mg
Marketed as Cholestagel in European Union
Manufactured by: Genzyme Therapeutics Ltd
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
Welchol 625mg is also available from CanadaWelchol 625mg from $1.42 USD/tabletWelchol 625mg
Marketed as Lodalis in Canada
Manufactured by: Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
Welchol 3.75g/Packet from $14.17 USD/packetWelchol 3.75g/Packet
Marketed as Lodalis packets in Canada
Manufactured by: Baxter Healthcare
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
Basic Information On Welchol
Welchol is primarily used to lower levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in adults with hyperlipidemia. It can be prescribed as monotherapy or can be used with other drugs. It is also used in boys and postmenarcheal girls aged 10 - 17, to reduce the levels of LDL - C, when this population has not responded satisfactorily to diet correction. The Welchol drug along with other drugs and regulated diet is used to improve blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus but not type 1 condition.
Side Effects/Precautions For Welchol
The side effects of Welchol or Colesevelam include constipation, indigestion and nausea. You also feel weak and tired but weakness gradually disappears as the body gets used to the drug. Some individuals may have a constant runny nose and sore throat. You may be treated for the side effects but generally they are not if they are mild. However, you should seek your doctor’s attention if brand or generic Welchol causes you discomfort due to side effects.
Colesevelam is not known to cause any harm to unborn babies. Despite its relative safety it is essential that you discuss pregnancy risks associated. If you are undergoing treatment for thyroid problems, then you might require dose modifications. So let your doctor know of any such conditions. Individuals with very high levels of blood triglycerides and lipids should not take this drug without periodic evaluation of lipid profile. If you are taking vitamin supplements, then you must let your doctor know about it as fat soluble vitamins are absorbed at a slower rate when you are on treatment with this drug.
The recommended dosage for adults to treat primary hyperlipidemia is six 625 mg tablets taken once a day in regular intervals or 3 tablets taken twice a day. Before any dose changes are made, an analysis of lipid levels have to be made every 4 to 6 weeks. If prescribed for an individual with diabetes mellitus type 2, the recommended dosage is 6 tablets once a day or 3 tablets taken twice a day. Often treatment with brand or generic Welchol begins only after changes to diet and lifestyle have failed to contain increasing lipid levels.
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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.