Lopid (Gemfibrozil 300 mg)
€43.10 – €196.89
Generic Lopid, as well as Lopid, is based on the active substance Gemfibrozil which is responsible for lowering the “unhealthy” cholesterol when other, non-drug methods fail. The medication normalizes the level of cholesterol in the blood in various conditions in which it is elevated. Please note that it should be taken without interruptions for the whole prescribed course unless you develop severe side effects or become pregnant while undergoing the therapy. The preparation is contraindicated for children. Find out more useful information from the article below.
Brand name: Lopid
Generic name: Gemfibrozil
ndications: Hyperlipidemia (Type III), Hypertriglyceridemia (Type IV)
Benefits: Helps to lower the level of “bad” cholesterol and elevate the level of “good” cholesterol when diet is not enough
Analogs: Bolutol, Cholespid, Decrelip, Fibratol, Fibrocit, Genlip, Hipolixan, Jezil
Generic Lopid (Gemfibrozil 300 mg) guide:
What is Lopid?
The substance on which the branded medication Lopid is based, Gemfibrozil, was developed in the late 1970s. The brand name was registered by the company who developed the medication able to lower the level of cholesterol and couldn’t be used by other drug-making companies. However, the exclusive right to use the formula for the production of medicines based on Gemfibrozil had already expired and other producers are able to make the same medicines and sell them but under different names.
The active ingredient was obtained as a result of research aimed to find the derivatives of Clofibrate that would have lower toxicity. Gemfibrozil turned out to be much less toxic but very effective hypolipidemic medication (reducing the lipid content in the blood). It reduces the content of VLDL (very low-density lipoproteins) in the blood of patients with hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides in the blood) that do not respond to ??? treatment with diet and other lipid-lowering drugs. Besides, the medication also increases the content of high-density lipoproteins (“good” cholesterol), suppresses peripheral lipolysis, and increases the excretion of free fatty acids from the liver, thereby reducing the synthesis of triglycerides in the liver, lowers the inclusion of long-chain fatty acids in newly synthesized triglycerides, accelerates the turnover and removal of cholesterol from the liver and increases its excretion with bile.
The effect of the medication can be observed only two-five days after the therapy start and is maximally developed within four weeks.
The mediation is quickly and well absorbed while taken orally. The maximum concentration after a single dose intake is developed within one and a half hours and after the use of several doses even faster – in an hour and twenty minutes. The medication is mostly excreted in urine and a low amount is excreted in bile.
Although it is a very effective and relatively safe medication, you should necessarily consult your doctor and try lowering the level of “bad” cholesterol by diet and physical activity and buy Lopid only if the desired lowering of the cholesterol is not achieved with non-pill measures.
What is the difference between Lopid and its generic versions?
Every year, more and more people opt for generic medications instead of the branded ones because they are cheaper but have the same effect. It is possible to get the same medications at a lower price because the exclusive patents of the formula developers expire which makes it possible for other drug makers to produce the same medicines using the formula. This practice is encourage and supported by the World Health Organization as it makes the vital and modern medications attainable for wider populations.
Many medications, especially the ones developed in the U.S., are highly overpriced for no reason. Yes, their developers spend a lot of money on the research yet they still are able to set 2-5 time lower prices for their medications and still gain profit. These ridiculously high prices make it possible to get the necessary medications only for people who have insurance. Other people either have to opt for inferior, old medications or, fortunately, get the same medications but under different names. If your doctor prescribes you Lopid but you don’t have enough money to undergo the complete treatment course with the branded medication, you can buy Generic Lopid instead. It is identical medication, based on the same formula and ingredients but sold cheaper because it is made by another company. Generic Lopid is not an officially registered name. It is a term used to make it easier for you to find the drug knowing only its branded name but you should not be turned off by the other name on the box of pills as long as the active substance of the tablets is Gemfibrozil.
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