Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mylan's Hydrochlorothiazide

Hydrochlorothiazide is a rather long name. The drug is better known under various brand names that include Apo-Hydro, Aquazide H, Dichlotride, Esidrex, Hydrodiuril, HydroSaluric, Microzide, and Oretic. But when we speak of Mylan generics, we more commonly use the medication index - e.g. Mylan 810. Mylan's 12.5 mg capsules with hydrochlorothiazide have these letters and numbers imprinted on them. The medictaion is used to to treat high blood pressure and swelling caused by fluid retention or edema (extra liquid in the body) in patients suffering from congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or kidney disorders. So, it is a diuretic which can be used for the treatment of hypertension.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Indomethacin (Indocin)

Indomethacin is marketed under various brand names that include Indocin, Indocid, Indochron E-R, and Indocin-SR. But, like in case with other medications, Mylan Pharmaceuticals manufactures the generic version of the drug, so it is called Indomethacin. Mylan's Indomethacin is available in green-colored capsules of 25 and 50 mg in strength. Indomethacin belongs to the group of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and is used to treat fever, pain, and
swelling - mainly in patients suffering from different forms of arthritis, to reduce fever and pain associated with malignant tumors, and also as a pain-killer for headaches, and menstrual cramps. 25mg oral dose of Indomethacin is said to be as effective as 300mg Aspirin.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mylan's Loperamide Hydrochloride

Among hydrochloride salts manufactured by Mylan Pharmaxeuticals we find Loperamide Hydrochloride. This medication is well-known under its generic name. Mylan produces the drug in the form of brown-colored capsules indexed with the number 2100. Loperamide HCl is used to treat diarrhea. Each pill contains 2mg of Loperamide HCl.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Generics & Brands

Most of drugs are available as brands and generics. After all, what is the difference? Is the drug marketed under a famous brand name really better than its generic analogue? Comparing their prices, one may jump to conclusion that brands are better, as a quality product has to be more expensive... But why do brands cost more? The answer is very easy. It takes time to make a new medication. Pharmaceutical companies invest lots of money into developing new formulas and improving the old ones. Then, advertising and promotion... It costs pretty sums of money, too. When a company at last gets a new drug, it wants to make the invested money work. It wants to make some profit. Therefore brands cannot usually be cheap. At least, in their first years on the market. And the companies' rights are guarded by licence agreements. Even if another company learns the formula and technology of manufacturing the drug, it is not able to start selling the medication of her own without violating the law...

But there is a way out! When a brand name cannot be used, and the licence for using it costs too much, a generic form of the medication can be produced and put on the market.

What is a generic name? It is usually the name of the active substance in the drug. It may be not so well-known and popular as the brand name, but it is the very same matter with the very same properties. With the only slight difference: this name is not usually protected by copyright. Really, what copyright can be found about international names of chemical substances, such as fexofenadine hydrochloride? You have never heard of such word combination? Perhaps, Allegra speaks louder? Well, in fact, they are the same medicine used to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis! Apart from their names (the generic and the brand one), the only difference between them is the price. The very same packet of pills bought as Allegra will cost nearly twice as much as the packet of Fexofenadine Hydrochloride!

We are staring this blog to make you more familiar with some products by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., an American company founded in 1961 and famous now for its high-quality generic versions of well-known brands (that include Fexofenadine HCl, too! :)