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Are generic drugs the same as name brand drugs?

~15%: To be approved by the fda, generic drug manufacturers only need to demonstrate that their product is between 85% and 115% effective as the brand name product. For most patients and physicians, this isn't a problem. ...Read more

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Who is responsible for naming coronary artery disease?

Who is responsible for naming coronary artery disease?

Giovanni Morgagni?: Giovanni morgagni is generally considered the father of anatomical pathology -- and may have been first to name the blood vessels around the heart, "coronary." they sit like a "crown" (latin: "coronarius") upon the heart. Morgagni also described "hardening" of these arteries. Many others, of course, have also contributed to the development of these ideas. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed Dymista, an expensive brand name allergy nasal spray drug. Is there a cheaper, generic alternative that does the same thing?

I've been prescribed Dymista, an expensive brand name allergy nasal spray drug. Is there a cheaper, generic alternative that does the same thing?

Individual drugs: It's fluticasone propionate and azelastine combo. First is OTC now, second needs Rx, but cheap; call doc for a script. I know other docs have their patients mix them (or other steroid nose sprays) together in same bottle, but that's totally off label - and I have no idea if they are compatible, so I personally do not recommend it. Just use one, then use the other. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking buproprian (generic for wellbeautrin) is there a big difference between brand name mental health drugs and generic?

I'm currently taking buproprian (generic for wellbeautrin) is there a big difference between brand name mental health drugs and generic?

In some, yes: By law in the us, all generics are supposed to contain equivalent amounts of active ingredient -- but they sometimes don't. There have been problems with generic bupropion, in some cases. Also different companies use different fillers and dyes in their products -- which can result in differing effects in patients also. Please talk with your doctor & the pharmacist who dispenses your medication. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a brand-name and a generic drug?

What's the difference between a brand-name and a generic drug?

Brand vs. generic: Brand name medications are slightly more potent (not in all cases though), more expensive, difficult to get insurance companies to authorize to pay for. ...Read more

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Could you please advise me whether brand name drugs or generic are best. Thanks?

Generic: Generally the drugs are the same. However, the formulation of the brand name is purer and in some drugs does make a difference ...Read more

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Pharmacology question - which drugs tend to have generics that may not be equal to the brand name drugs?

Pharmacology question - which drugs tend to have generics that may not be equal to the brand name drugs?

Some not all: Those drugs that have a very small difference between effectiveness and toxicity (narrow therapeutic window) are often the target of generic versus brand. Some drugs that fall into this category include warfarin, digoxin, and Phenytoin (extended release capsules). This "window" pertains to oral drugs not usually to injectables. ...Read more

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