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can you react badly to the generic version of a medicine even if you don't react badly to the brand version of the same medicine?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Complex: In theory: no, but, at times it happens in real life. Another issue, is we need to differentiate between an Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR), vs a true allergic reaction to the active ingredient of a certain drug, an ADR can be due to inactive ingredients. So if in doubt, report symptoms to your doctor, better avoid the drug and find an alternative, if no alternative, see an allergist for evaluation

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