Cheap analogues of drugs: a review, description, comparison of formulations, advice on choosing
As you know, they do not save on health. This statement is true when choosing the right diet, healthy hobbies or lifestyle. With drugs, the opposite is true. It is believed that not all expensive drugs are superior in quality to cheaper analogues. Medicines purchased by a doctor, it is usually not accepted to adjust. If the patient selects the drug himself, he should think about the ratio of price and quality.
First Aid Kit
In each family, preparations should be stored for use in critical situations. When buying funds for a home first aid kit, relying on individual characteristics and chronic diseases, it is advisable to save money and find quality, but cheap, analogues of drugs. A standard set of medicines, tools and appliances for the home include:
- Materials for dressing: bandages, napkins and patches.
- Mercury thermometer for adults.
- Electronic thermometer for kids.
- Hydrogen peroxide.
- Alcohol ammonia.
- Symptomatic drugs used for colds and flu.
- Antiviral drugs.
- Antihistamine medications.
- Heartburn medications.
- Medicines for stomach cramps and intestinal disorders.
- Preparations for the regulation of blood pressure.
- Mustard plasters
Buying a classic first-aid kit or kit for home use will cause significant damage to the family budget. If it is not recommended to save on tools and devices, then some variation is permissible in the purchase of medicines. Predict the present need of a drug in the future is impossible. Since most of them have a limited shelf life, it is better to choose cheap analogues of expensive drugs.
"Nurofen" - one of the most common means, easily coping with pain symptoms, which include the main substance ibuprofen. The drug is available in the form of capsules, tablets, ointments and syrup. Therefore, the replacement of drugs for cheaper analog is very difficult.However, for use on an urgent basis one-time, you can resort to using the drug "Ibuprofen", which has the same active substance. In addition, both drugs have a similar effect on the body:
- relieve inflammation;
- pain relief;
- stabilize fever.
"Mig" - another cheap analogue of drugs with the effect of anesthesia and ibuprofen in the composition. Attractive when choosing this drug is the small size of the pill, facilitating swallowing, and the possibility of use during pregnancy.
Treating Cold and Flu Symptoms
At the initial stage of the disease, it is necessary to alleviate the uncomfortable state and try to get rid of the annoying symptoms. Therefore, in the home first aid kit must be present cheap analogues of expensive drugs of various kinds:
- Light breathing.
- From sore throat.
- From cough.
- Antibacterial action.
- Complex drugs.
As for antipyretic drugs, the same cheap Ibuprofen will come to the rescue. Preferring to be treated in the old fashioned way, you can offer to purchase paracetamol, analgin and aspirin.
It is recommended to store at least one vial of a simple vasoconstrictor at home. It can be drops "Rinostop", "Xylen" and, of course, "Naphthyzin."
Experts advise lovers of the last medication not to get involved in order not to provoke "naphthyzin dependence". Although the drug is effective and has the right to exist in the home first aid kit.
Cheap analogues of throat drugs are most often Kameton, Ingalipt, Hexasprey spray. Any lozenges and tablets are much more expensive, but a convenient form of release allows you to take them with you. Therefore, a plate or bag of lozenges of medicinal action "Verbena" with sage or eucalyptus will not be a superfluous acquisition.
There are enough drugs for coughing. If family members are not prone to bronchitis, then you can have the good old Mukaltin or Cough Pills with Thermopsis in your drug arsenal. If cough is a frequent guest in the house, it is better to have on hand Ambroxol syrup from dry and Pertussin from wet cough.
The cheapest analogues of antibacterial drugs are Ampicillin, Amoxicillin and Erythromycin.
Drug release forms that immediately eliminate the symptom complex are today widely represented by the pharmaceutical industry. This capsules "Coldact Plus Plus", and powders "Cold", "Maxicold Reno", and effervescent tablets "Upsarin UPSA". You can, having tried once, to give preference to any medicine, and in time to replenish their home first aid kit.
Fight against viruses
The most effective antiviral drug of the newest generation is Oseltamavir. It combines the treatment of symptoms of the disease, the fight against strains of influenza A and B, has preventive properties. However, the high price discourages buyers. This is especially true in the case of buying the drug in reserve.
Specialists call Ribavirin one of the most effective and relatively cheap analogues of cold and flu medicines. It significantly reduces the severity and duration of the course of the disease, but has a number of side effects from nausea to shortness of breath. In addition, there are many contraindications. The drug can not be used in patients with diseases of the endocrine system, heart and liver problems, during pregnancy and in childhood.
Sales leader from 2008 to 2014 became the drug "Arbidol", belonging to the average price category.His dubious action to fight flu and cold viruses has not yet been proven. Opinions of doctors and patients are also mixed. Some people get sick with the medicine; others do not notice the improvement. The disadvantage of use is the dosage form. Capsules are quite large in size, making it difficult to swallow. For the treatment of young patients, Arbidol is available in tablets, but the questionable effectiveness often stops pediatricians. They recommend sparing, but more effective, expensive drugs. If the clinical picture of the course of the disease allows, then the doctor may well prescribe and cheap analogue of medicine for children. The main task of a specialist is to prevent serious complications, especially in babies.
The list of drugs to stabilize the state and restore disturbed emotional balance is headed by Glycine, Valerian, and their varieties. You can pay attention to more serious drugs, but also sold without a doctor's prescription. "Percen" or "Novo-Passit" contain natural ingredients and have a mild sedative effect.
Suprastin and Tavegil are recognized as the cheapest antihistamine preparations. These are representatives of the first generation of medicines with a pronounced antiallergic effect, whose action is effective at the onset of the disease. Second-generation drugs are prescribed for asthmatics, so their own selection is not recommended. The purchase of third-generation drugs is relevant for patients whose work requires concentration and responsiveness. In this case, you can choose "Cetirizine" or "Aleron".
One of the easiest ways to get rid of the destructive effect of hydrochloric acid is baking soda solution. Modern medicine opposes this method and recommends the use of the Almagel suspension or Gastal tablets. You can pick up a cheaper analogue of heartburn medication that will quickly absorb harmful substances, stimulating the production of mucus, and reduce acidity. For example, "Vicair" or "Renny" will easily cope with the task.
Unfortunately, malfunctions of the stomach lead to disorders of various origins.To facilitate digestion, relieve swelling, get rid of colic, eliminate diarrhea or diarrhea, you need to keep several inexpensive and proven drugs in your first-aid kit. Activated carbon will help eliminate nausea, Loperamide will relieve diarrhea, Drotaverin will show itself as an antispasmodic, Pancreatin will stabilize the digestive function.
Perhaps this is one of the few categories of drugs that you choose yourself is not recommended. The only way out at the initial sharp increase in pressure is to drink a sedative and call an ambulance. It is possible to reduce the pressure by taking diuretics, for example, with the tablet "Furosemide" or "Indapamide", and a little later you can contact a specialist and with him choose the right medicine.
Taking into account these recommendations, it will not be difficult for anyone to assemble a personal home first-aid kit with a minimum of financial expenses for almost all cases and solve a whole series of suddenly arising health problems.