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Zirgan Eye Gel
Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) is used to treat eye ulcers, or herpetic keratitis, caused by the herpes simplex virus. Herpetic keratitis can cause serious health problems for your eyes if left untreated, so it’s important to seek medical advice if you suspect you have eye ulcers. Zirgan is prescribed by your eye doctor or health care professional. Zirgan does not cure the herpes virus and should not be used on any other parts of the body where the herpes virus is present.
The proceeding text is for informational purposes only. North Drugstore is an online Canadian and international prescription service that sources medication from dispensaries all over the world. We do not supply any medication without a prescription. Only your doctor or healthcare provider may prescribe Zirgan or any other medication. If you have questions about your Zirgan eye gel prescription, consult the product information or speak to your ophthalmologist.
About Herpetic Keratitus
Herpetic Keratitus is an eye ulcer that affects the functionality of your eye. It is caused by Type-1 Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), which is a virus that many of us are exposed to as young children. Type-2 HSV is a sexually transmitted infection that affects the genitals. Type-1 HSV causes eye infections.
Untreated herpetic keratitis can cause serious damage to the corneas, therefore it’s very important to speak to your eye doctor about any health concerns you have. Untreated eye ulcers can cause corneal scarring and other complications, which may lead to blindness or the need for a corneal transplant. Herpetic keratitis is caused by exposure to infected oral discharge (sneezing, coughing, eating or drinking from the same dish, etc.), so it’s more common in places with cramped living conditions.
The symptoms for herpetic keratitis are:
- Eye redness
- Blurry vision
- Eyelid and corneal soreness
- Sensitive to light
An eye exam with your ophthalmologist will be able to determine if an infection is present. Unfortunately, the herpes virus never completely leaves the body, but many people who are living with HSV rarely, if ever see, the symptoms. An HSV flare-up of symptoms may be caused by several factors, such as stress, menstruation, physical trauma, certain medications, or exposure to sunlight. Your ophthalmologist or health care provider will be able to monitor the virus through routine exams.
About Zirgan Eye Gel
Discard expired eye gel. Keep Zirgan out of reach of children. Do not let others use Zirgan eye drops even if they experience similar symptoms of eye ulcers. It is intended to only target herpes-infected eye cells, and will not work on corneal cells. It’s very important not to let the dropper come into contact with any surface, as this can contaminate the medicine and cause an eye infection. When not in use, be sure that the cap is tightly sealed. Zirgan is only available through prescription. Do not use other eye medication in conjunction with Zirgan eye gel unless specifically indicated by your ophthalmologist or health care provider.
Zirgan is not appropriate for use other than to treat eye ulcers caused by HSV. Conversely, you should not take other herpes medication unless it is specifically prescribed to you. Do not use more or less Zirgan eye gel than the prescribed dosage. If you miss a dose, use your medication as soon as you remember. If it’s close to your next dose, skip it. Do not administer a double dose to catch up.
How to Use Zirgan Eye Gel
As indicated by official Zirgan literature, here’s how you administer Zirgan eye gel:
- Wash your hands before using eye gel.
- Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection while using Zirgan.
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down.
- Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface (including your eye). It may contaminate the gel.
- Zirgan is a gel that is administered as a drop. Look up and away from the tube as you squeeze out a drop. For best results, gently squeeze the tube of Zirgan from the bottom of the tube toward the tip of the applicator (as you would a tube of toothpaste).
- Once the drop is administered, close your eye.
- Gently press your finger to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about one minute to prevent the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
Zirgan Safety Information & Possible Side Effects
Refer to product literature or consult with your doctor to receive the full product safety information. Please read the following safety information, as per the official Zirgan website:
Zirgan should only be used in the eye. Do not wear contact lenses while using Zirgan or anytime you have signs or symptoms of an eye infection. The most common side effects reported in patients were blurred vision, eye irritation, eye redness and punctate keratitis (a specific type of eye surface irritation). Safety and efficacy in children below the age of 2 years have not been established. Consult your doctor if you experience pain, redness, itching or swelling of the eye when using Zirgan.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, or supplements.
How to Store Zirgan
Store Zirgan at room temperature in a dry environment away from children and pets. Do not freeze or place in the fridge to add a cooling effect to the drops, as this will change the efficacy of the medicine.
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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.