Reflections and Responses

Reflectionsand Responses

Theconsumers make the decision about what to purchase by looking at theproducts that are displayed on the shelves then comparing with theproducts that are recommended for them. Also, similar drugs are putin the same place to allow the customer to compare the availableproducts before they make their final decision (Eccles,2006).These similar products include the generic drugs that might serve assubstitutes in case financial issues arise. They may also considerasking the pharmacist on the best drug with respect to the efficacyand economic consideration.

Someof the information that the consumer might need so that they canchoose products that are safe and beneficial include the intellectualproperties such as trademarks and also the components of the product.Consumers might also require information regarding the content of thedrugs so that they know the kind of substances that they are justabout to consume. It is also important for one to have knowledge onthe adverse effects associated with drug to avoid potential risks.With this information the consumer is able to reach a viable decisionregarding purchase of the desired product.

Genericand Brand Names

Generic name

Brand name

Headache

Aspirin

Aspro clear

Colds

Benzonatate

Benz

Fever

Naproxen

Aleve

Flu

Zanamivir

Relenza

Allergy

Terfanadine

Antihistamine

Pain

Ibuprofen

Advil

Disease

Main Ingredient

Headache

Aspirin

Acetylsalicyclic acid

Colds

Benzonatate

Benzonatate softgel

Fever

Naproxen

Naproxen sodium

Flu

Zanamivir

zanamivir is 5- (acetylamino)-4-[(aminoiminomethyl)-amino]-2,6-anhydro-3,4,5-trideoxy-D-glycero-D-galactonon- 2-enonic acid

Allergy

Terfanadine

seldane

Allergy

Terfanadine

seldane

Someof the major differences of the drugs listed by the brand name andthose with the generic name include price. Those listed by thegeneric name are cheaper compared to the ones listed by the brandname. They also differ in their packaging since their have differentcovers. They also have different trademarks since the patent onlyprotects the method of production and not the final product itself.Branded medicines my differ from the generic ones in terms of thetastes and shapes only to lure consumers unto purchasing them andalso coax them to consume by adding flavors.

Itis crucial to note that the naming of the drug will have asignificant implication when it comes to various perspectives. Forinstance, generic drugs are always cheaper than the original drug dueto various factors such as the cost of production and patenting.Additionally, drugs with the brand name are believed to be moreeffective and safe due to the intellectual properties that theyentail. This is because of the high level of caution that is taken inthe downstream processes taken in the production of these drugs. Incases of failure being detected in the generic product, it calls foran improvement by the production and branding companies to make surethey win consumers’ interests. Because of the involving expensivesteps in the branding the prices may be altered so as to realizeprofits. Additionally, naming of the drugs has an implication on thechoice of drugs by the consumers. Some consumers will prefer thebrand names while other generic, but they all they have concretesupport for their decisions.

Fromthe above-mentioned drugs, it is evident that there are drugs thatcan provide medication in duplicate. For instance, when one takesaspirin, it is capable of treating the headache as well as curbingany forms of pain due to its composition. Typically, most of thedrugs used in the treatment of both pain and headaches containsimilar ingredients, and the mode of action is also the same.Therefore, if one takes medication for a headache and pain, it is aduplicate (Castro,1991)medication. For instance, the antipyretic effect of acetylsalicicacid within the hypothalamus affects the hormonal control in thetemperature changes through the prostaglandins and thus, reducesfever. Similarly the same medication can be prescribe with anotheranti-inflammatory drugs like diclofenac with reference to theunderlying cause but this results in double prescription. Suchmistakes may be done by physicians but pharmacists are in goodposition to identify and stop them.

Mostof the instructions in all cases are elementary level since they arestraight forward. Basic language is used to scribe down theinstructions. In cases of where there is other languages, theinformation is translated to meet the general public understanding.For instance, the description for the use of Benzonatate are clearand can be easily followed by anyone who knows how to read. One ofthe best example is that on Advil that states, overdose of this drugcan damage your stomach or intestines. This communications put allthe drug seekers in a proper position to manage the dosages and avoidany cases of toxicities.

Measurementsof the dosage

Formeasurement of aspirin medication in adults, it is 300 milligramswhile in children it is 75 milligrams. In the case of Benzonatate,children more than ten years and adults are given 100 milligrams or200 milligrams capsules thrice in a single day. For naproxen, adultis given 250 milligrams twice a day while children are advised totake 5 milligrams per kilogram (of the child) twice a day. In thecase of Relenza in the treatment of flu, one should use twoinhalations in an interval of 12 hours for five days. Forantihistamines in adults, 2 milligrams in an interval of eight totwelve hours is normally advised. In the case of children, 0.5 mg to1 mg is normally recommended two times in a day. In the case ofibuprofen, the maximum amount for adults it is normally 800milligrams per dose with a maximum of four doses in a day. Forchildren, its based on their weight and age of the child. (Eccles,2006).Dispensing drug dosages is very paramount as to the prescriptionsgiven by the healthcare facilitator. Observing the right dosagesimproves the healing and recovery process and also prevent toxicitiesthat might be fatal.

Thereare specific specifications for the special groups such as thechildren, older people and the pregnant people. There is alsoappropriate advice on how they are supposed to conduct themselvesbefore and after taking the medication in terms of meals and rest.Therefore, it is crucial for this group of people to follow theprescriptions appropriately to avoid the undesired results. Regardingconsumer health and safety, it means that the customers should behonest of their real state so that they could help the physicians inmaking the appropriate choices for them.

Fromthis brief research, I have discovered that most of the consumersrely on the history of their medication to treat current diseases.What they do not understand is that situations normally change withage and environment. Therefore, I would recommend that nurses shouldkeep the state of their patients updated and give the mostappropriate medication for them regularly to avoid any problemsresulting from outdated descriptions. New drugs that have been provedby Food and Drug Association should be prescribed to curb the arisingproblems such as resistance.

References

Castro,M. (1991).&nbspTheComplete Homeopathy Handbook: Safe and Effective Ways to TreatFevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, FoodPoisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints.Macmillan.

Eccles,R. (2006). Efficacy and safety of over‐the‐counteranalgesics in the treatment of common cold and flu.&nbspJournalof clinical pharmacy and therapeutics,&nbsp31(4),309-319.