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Difference Brand Generic
I'm switching from brand name to generic birthcontrol. I take it responsibly. Is there a difference between brand and generic? Will there be a change?
Not likely : If you are changing to the generic version of the exact same brand name then there no chemical difference at all. The only difference is the cost and the packaging ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes the vehicle that the active ingredient is carried in can be different which may impact side effect profile and medication efficacy for some people. ...Read more
Cost: To meet fda rules, all active ingredients in generic medications must be identical to active ingredients in brand-name meds. Generics, however, may use different 'inactive' ingredients: different dyes, binding agents, etc. Since the inactive ingredients 'do nothing, ' the meds are equivalent. The only difference, in theory, is some patients may be allergic to some inactive ingredients & not others. ...Read more
Med: There should be no difference. However, in some cases the generic is less effective. ...Read more
Difference = cost: There is usually little to no difference in generic versus name brand medications. The active ingredient and amount of the active ingredient should not be different. Generic medications usually undergo stringent testing to ensure little to no difference in effects. I prefer generic brands because these are usually less expensive. ...Read more
Is there any difference between modafinil (pro vigil) and modalert, wakalert, or other generic forms? Are the generic brands safe and effective?
The price!: With very rare exceptions, the vast majority of generic drugs are every bit as good as the brand name. However, the brand name usually costs a lot more! The active medicine should be identical but there may be differences in the fillers and binders (most drugs have many ingredients besides the active medicine). Some people may tolerate one more than another due to these minor differences. ...Read more
Not really: The brand name and generic should work the same way. The generic will likely just cost you less money! ...Read more
Depends: As much as $10-$100 per 30day supply. ...Read more
Will changing from generic to brand Lexapro (escitalopram) cause any issues? Want to see if I notice any differences in effect. Thank you
Usually not: Most people do not notice any major difference between brand and generic medications, as the active ingredient is supposed to be the same. However, in my experience, I occasionally have a rare patient who perceives variable efficacy between the brand and generic or between different generics. In those cases, he/she requests that I write for the either the specific generic preferred or brand name. ...Read more
I take leviteracetem for tc seizures. Does name brand or a generic make a difference? There are many manufacturers of generics what is the difference?
Brand vs generic: Brand vs generic does make a difference. The brand requires strict proportions of actual drug in formulation where generic can vary up to 20% depending on where it was manufactured. Same medicine at two different drug stores could vary up to 40%, and this could make a big difference. Stick with one pharmacy and ask them to notify you if they get your generic from a new manufacturer. ...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 more
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 as well. Please talk with your doctor & the pharmacist who dispenses your medication. ...Read more
No difference: Generally, there is no difference in potency or efficacy between generic birth control vs. Name brand. Generic will inevitably be cheaper, and may require a lower co-pay on many insurance plans. There is a generic equivalent for most popular name brand birth control pills. ...Read more
Generics: Sometimes there can be differences in the way people respond because of the carrier. For instance someone might not be sensitive to the actual active part of the medication but could have a reaction to other additives/chemicals in the compound. ...Read more
Could it be possible that generic Cymbalta (duloxetine) causes much more nausea than brand Cymbalta (duloxetine)...switched 2 months ago ...and see a difference.
Yes: Duloxetine (Cymbalta) is an SNRI medication used for major depression, generalized anxiety, fibromyalgia and some types of pain. A generic has been available for several months now. Although the active ingredient is the same, the binders and fillers in the generic may be different from the brand name, and this can cause differences in efficacy and side effects. ...Read more
Is there a quality difference between vivelle (estradiol) brand estrogen patches and generic ones, e.G., estradot 17b?
Yes.: There might be no difference in the chemical component (estradiol), however, vivelle dot provides a better matrix for a more dependable and reliable delivery of the medication. That in turn will lead to better absorption and more efficacy ...Read more
I've exclusively breast fed my baby for 5 weeks now, what's the best formula to start her on?? Is there a difference between generic and name brand?
There is not much:
Difference between the major brands of formulas, and many generic brands are comparable, however there are different types of formulas provided by each manufacturer. This is a link that discusses the different types of formula.
I hope this helps. Certainly discuss this with your Pediatrician ...Read more
Brand Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) vs. Generic adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Is there a difference?
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Mostly price!Get a more detailed answer ›
Generic bromfenac eye drop vs brand name bromday. Why the generic is twice a day where the brand name once a day dosage. Is there strength differences?
Similar: Both Bromday and generic bromfenac are 0.09% solutions. Bromday is a different formulation which was approved by the fda for control of inflammation post-operatively after cataract surgery using it once a day. Generic bromfenac was approved for twice a day use. The generic form was never studied at once a day dosage, but I think it is as effective as bromday, using both once a day. ...Read more
What's the difference btw Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR and a generic brand? What should I expect if I have to change? Thankd
Cost: A lower co-pay or out-of-pocket expenses. Any other differences are generally marginal if any. As an example, 20mg of branded Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr may be 19mg and change up to 21mg. Generic has, more-or-less, the same margin of error. Your body's own variability in neurotransmitter amounts have a larger margin of error. Placebo effects will be more significant. ...Read more
Some things..: Sunscreens with similar spf may still have different efficacy. Be sure to use something broad spectrum (with activity against uva and uvb). Otherwise, sunscreens have different components which may make them smell or feel different upon application. ...Read more
I want to know what is the difference between regular Valium and the generic Valium that you can buy online?
It is all generic: I advise strongly against buying meds online. You could be getting a fake drug which would not be helpful or, worse, a concoction that is actually harmful. Stick with a pharmacy you can trust. ...Read more
Same: No difference.Get a more detailed answer ›
Motrin: Not really, just the price & the more stable coating on the brand name. ...Read more
Are there any differences between the different brands that manufacture loratadine? Say loradine® and lorfast?
Sure is possible: FDA works hard to assure biocompatibilities among generics and vs. their patented counterparts. Still, individuals can and do experience differences. I assume you speak of sedation with loratadine? Many say they experience sedation even with branded Claritin (and placebo pills, BTW). ...Read more