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Doctor insights on: Why Use A Brand Name Formula

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It's okay to use 2 different name brand bottles for breastfeeding right?

It's okay to use 2 different name brand bottles for breastfeeding right?

Should be fine: Once breastfeeding is well established and your baby has regained its birthweight, it is ok to introduce a daily bottle, especially if you need to return to work. It is good to do this between 2-3 weeks of age. If you have a flexible baby, they will adapt to different nipples. If not, you might find that it is best to stay with one kind. ...Read more

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Is store brand formula just as good as name brands?

Is store brand formula just as good as name brands?

Yes: There is no difference in how effective they are. Always go for the cheaper, generic drug when you have a choice in over the counter medicines. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use a different mouthwash name brand and toothpaste together?

Is it okay to use a different mouthwash name  brand  and toothpaste together?

Mouth rinse: No issues if you mix any brand of tooth paste with any commercial mouth wash .No fear of chemical reactions. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is there a difference between generic and name brand OTC meds? What do you prefer?

Is there a difference between generic and name brand OTC meds? What do you prefer?

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

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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?

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

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I giv my baby 2 scoops of generic enfamil infant mixed with1 scoop of name brand enfamil AR . generic scoop looks bigger than than the other, this ok?

I giv my baby 2 scoops of generic enfamil infant mixed with1 scoop of name brand enfamil AR . generic scoop looks bigger than than the other, this ok?

Scoop size: The scoops may appear to be of different dimension to your eyes. Why don't you look to see if there is a label impressed into the scoop such as 1 tsp or 1 tbsp. Check the side of the cans of formula. It may be the case that they manufactured it such that they want you to use 2 scoops of the generic formula to reconstitute the liquid formula. They will give the instructions on the side of the can. ...Read more

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Is pro air inhaler a brand name or geriatric brand? And is it a resue inhaler?

Is pro air inhaler a brand name or geriatric brand? And is it a resue inhaler?

Rescue inhaler: ProAir is a brand name rescue inhaler. It is used for short-acting relief of shortness-of-breath due to asthma and chronic lung diseases. ...Read more

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Is generic formula as good as name brand formula?

Is generic formula as good as name brand formula?

Yes and no: The brands do the research and stay ahead of the market with improvements.The store brands are often simple knockoffs mostly made by one source but relabeled to meet the stores request.These often get their component from the lowest bidder,but all comply with the minimum requirements of the FDA.You end up paying to support research & advertising.Your kid may or may not have a better outcome ...Read more

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Is it safe to jump from using branded Mefenamic Acid to a generic counterpart? cos' generic is cheaper.

Is it safe to jump from using branded Mefenamic Acid to a generic counterpart? cos' generic is cheaper.

Reliable lab?: It should be safe. National laws differ and there are greedy folk who'd break the law anyway. But, trust has a beneficial role - so if the lab is a licensed entity - yes you should be safe. I hope you do well. ...Read more

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Which name brand muitvitimen is right for a 16 yr old?

Which name brand muitvitimen is right for a 16 yr old?

Go generic...: You really don't need a name brand vitamin. Get one your teen will take - compliance is more important than name brand. I would recommend one gender specific - if it's for a girl, get a woman's vitamin, if a boy, one made for men's health. Make sure it's a multivitamin and then go with inexpensive rather than name brand. There is nothing special about name brand vitamins that makes them better. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time choosing the brand of multivitamins. Does off brand and brand matter?

I'm having a hard time choosing the brand of multivitamins. Does off brand and brand matter?

Multivitamins: It is controversial whether vitamins should be taken at all. Recent studies show that taking multivitamins does not protect you from heart disease or cancer. If you eat well you don't need vitamin supplements. If you do not eat well or are a pregnant woman you might need specific supplements. Blood levels are the same whether brand name or generic. So it makes no difference. ...Read more

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Is it good to use safeway brand medication like there vitimins(spellcheck), vs sombody like one a day?

Is it good to use safeway brand medication like there vitimins(spellcheck), vs sombody like one a day?

Yes, should be fine: If a person has knowledge of nutrition and has a very balanced diet, then he may not need to take a daily multivitamin because his foods contain enough. I recommend each person take a multivitamin because many people don't have a truly balanced diet. Some people need more vitamin d, calcium, folate, omega3, etc..., depending on individual issues. Generics are fine if one trusts the store or maker. ...Read more

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What is brand name T4 replacement? Is that a name brand of mmedication for low thyroid?

What is brand name T4 replacement? Is that a name brand of mmedication for low thyroid?

Yes.: When providers say brand name they are often referring to synthroid. Some folks still debate the reliability of generic levothyroxine. Personal opinion: use the one that fits you best. If you change manufacturers check a level. ...Read more