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Is name brand Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR better than the generic brands? I'm reading horror stories online about the generic brands.
Generic vs. brand: While generics are claimed to be the exact equivalent as brand name medications, individuals may respond better to trade name medications. However most patients tolerate the generics without problem. Since the generics are less expensive and usually have a lower co-pay, i would try it once. If it does not work as well as the brand, it will not take long to make that determination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adhesive: The active ingredient is the same. A reasonable conclusion is perhaps the the nature of adhesive itself. ...Read more
Please be specific: exactly which drug/drugs do you need this info for? ...Read more
Should I take named brand thyroid medicine like Synthroid (thyroxine) or generics? I heard name brand dosing is more consistent. Your thoughts?
Thyroid meds: Thyroid medication is one of the most common medications written for. I use generics unless there continues to be a wide variability in the labs (TSH) that are used to follow this condition. Cerainly if the patient desires a branded name i usually comply. ...Read more
Trade name: Trade name drugs are sold under a monopoly so the drug companies can recoup their investment in researching and developing a drug. Generic drugs are sold by competing companies once the original patent expires. The competition drives down prices and limits profits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antihistamine : You can stop it any time but the symptoms that you were taking it for will probably recur ...Read more
Difference between dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) spansules/tablets? Usually get tablets but pharmacy gave me spansules (mistake?) this month. prescription just says 'dexedrine (dextroamphetamine).'
Mostly the same: When you are taking a generic medicine, it may come in any of a number of forms--tablets, capsules, and so on. They should be more or less equivalent. Keep in mind the fda regulations are that the medicine contain plus or minus twenty per cent of the stated dose, so one generic brand may be different than another. The bottom line is that the actual pill form is probably not that important. ...Read more
Yes: The fda allows for a 5% variance in brand name medications but a larger variance in generic "equivalents." synthroid and levothyroxine are not considered equivalents and thus not interchangeable. Therefore, stick with one; if you have started on synthroid stay with it, if you have started on levothyroxine stay with it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do so many odt tablets have aspartame? Name brand klonopin (clonazepam) wafers don't, all generics do and name brand was dc'd. It's such a bad taste too
Ask the company: Ask the company which makes your generics about this. They may be trying to improve or sweeten the taste, but it's displeasing to you. ...Read more
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Cymbalta (duloxetine): Yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Viagara: There is a lot of variability in generic drugs. The range can vary from 80-120%. Most generic makers give you close to 80% in order to keep cost down and they also put additives. So if you take a 10mg branded the generic may give you 8mg -12mg. There is also significant differences between one generic and the other. ...Read more
Viagra (sildenafil): Is still under patent, there is no legal generic. ...Read more
Yes: All generics are equivalent to their brand name counterparts. The active chemical is exactly the same. Some people may react to some additives or fillers used in manufacturing the medicines - brand name or generic, but the medicine itself, it's efficacy, and safety are no different. Provided you get a legitimate medicine that has been authorized by the fda. ...Read more
Are the brand name "synthroid" &levothyroxine equally effective? M taking synthroid. Can I switch 2 levothyroxine, looks like levothyroxine is cheaper
Levothyroxine is: cheaper since it's a generic, but the blood levels with Synthroid (thyroxine) are more consistent and reliable. It is a product with a "narrow therapeutic window" where generics can vary from batch to batch, company to company and prescription to prescription -- while the brand name product does not. If you can afford it, take the brand name drug. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer