Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I am safe!

Before a drug reaches the market and consumers, it undergone different stages from the identification of drug molecule to the approval of the US-FDA. Clinical trials and its phases are very important in developing and achieving the excellent features and significance of the drug. The US-FDA's approval for the new developed drug means the drug has passed all the requirements set by US-FDA to be sure that the drug has well identified, physically and chemically studied, given its IUPAC name and non-proprietory name, passed the clinical trials, is safe to use and take, established the use and mode of action and side effects, has dosage form and its mode of administration, storage condition, tests and standardization, and etc. After completing the whole process the company who made the research and development has the sole authority to hold the patent of the drug and market it universally under a registered name, until the time the expiration of the patent comes.

Herbal drugs however, are traditional and known to be alternative drugs that have not undergone series of elaborated studies and experimentation including physically nor chemically and clinical trials and not proven by experts. But because of the likeness to cause cure, the different government agency bodies around the world had considered them already to be safe to use by consumers as one of  their choice of treatment for their ailment.

Having the choice of treatment for your ailment, I strongly advice to choose drugs that have proven through research and development and undergone clinical trials, because you can be assured that these drugs are safe and effec and specifically targeting the cause of illness to produce mitigation or cure. Doctors would rather choose clinically proven drugs than herbal drugs that just used alternatively.

Lagundi leaves versus Carbocisteine drug

I seen contradicting commercials in the television in the past days that I realized the advertisements of Lagundi and Carbocisteine drug are provoking consumer to  " what must be the choice"  for the treatment of their distressful cough. Each commercial claims the same use, mode of administration, how the product has made and so on so forth. But, however, the Carbocisteine's commercial has caught my attention because it depicted exquisite information needed by consumers on how the drug treats the cough, and enlightened them on how the drug really works in the body and the effects that can be felt after it taken. Likewise, Carbocisteine has been proven long before and has established probable side effects and still monitoring up to now for occurrence of adverse drug reactions and adverse drug events. It is also widely used here and abroad for the treatment of cough producing phlegm and actively prescribed by doctors as one of the leading drug of choice for phlegmatic cough. Herbal drugs can have a feasible plant constituent therein that can give good effect and can cure as very congruent to that of the ethical drugs. Unfortunately, most of them are not much established yet with their effectiveness and safety. Because a certain part of the plant is being made into drug, example the Lagundi leaves that are being processed into capsules or in syrup form, we are not sure that the drug cannot cause a much more severe side effects that can lead to a stern disease or even death, because Lagundi has not yet studied much. The content, the active chemical molecule, the effects and side effects and even the onset of time to reach blood serum and other pharmacokinetic study are not evaluated and established. Moreover, there are a lot of ethical drugs and alternative drugs in the market today that are comparable  because of their similarity in effects and use such as: sambong leaf versus diuretic drugs, alkapulko plant versus antifungal drugs, garlic versus antihypertensive drugs, and others.

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