What is Generic Ketotifen and what are its uses ?
How does Generic Ketotifen Works (Mechanism) ?
Dosage: How should you take Generic Ketotifen ?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Generic Ketotifen
Generic Ketotifen Warnings and Precautions
Generic Ketotifen Side effects
Ketotifen is used to minimize the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. This medication may allow for a reduction in the use of other asthma medications. Ketotifen is not effective in treating an active asthma attack (acute attack).
The mechanism of action of ketotifen in the prevention of bronchial asthma is discussed, the pathogenesis of the disease itself being taken as a starting point. The following biological effects of ketotifen may be relevant to its therapeutic activity: the inhibition of release of myotonic mediators, leukotrienes in particular, the inhibition of slow reacting substances-induced bronchoconstriction in vivo, calcium antagonistic properties, and the prevention or reversal of decreased beta-adrenoceptor sensitivity. In asthmatic patients the prevention of bronchospasm due to mediator release and a progressive reduction of bronchial hyperreactivity are the major consequences of these properties.
Take this medication by mouth; generally twice daily. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Ketotifen must be taken regularly to be effective. Do not skip any doses. Do not stop using other asthma medications unless your doctor tells you to. To lessen the drowsiness effect of this drug, the dosage may be slowly increased during the first week. It may take several weeks before the full benefits of this drug are clearly noticed (usually within 10 weeks). After 2 to 3 months of using this drug, your doctor may slowly decrease the use of other asthma medicines. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially of: oral drugs used for diabetes. Also report drugs that may cause drowsiness such as: sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, psychiatric medicines, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), anti-seizure drugs. Certain cough-and-cold preparations may also make you drowsy. Consult your pharmacist. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies). Limit alcohol intake as this might aggravate drug side effects. Caution performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving). Lowering of corticosteroid (e.g., prednisone) doses must be done carefully under doctor and pharmacist supervision. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast- feeding.
Drowsiness, dizziness, trouble sleeping or flu- like symptoms might occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Unlikely but report promptly: unusual weight gain, stomach pain, rash. Very unlikely but report promptly: unusual bleeding or bruising, irritability, unusual excitability or nervousness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.