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Do you think generic prescription medication is as effective as name brand?

Posted by on Dec. 30, 2009 at 12:07 AM
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 Why or why not?

by on Dec. 30, 2009 at 12:07 AM
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darcyh5
by on Dec. 30, 2009 at 12:12 AM

I do, I rarely buy name brand.  I used to work for a pathologist, and every medication, over the counter or prescription was generic.

offrdngal
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Some of them are, some of them aren't.  Example:  I use Claritin D 24hr, every day (I have allergen induced asthma).  When the generic came out, I went to Walgreens and bought a box.  Their brand relieved most of my symptoms, but not as many as Claritin.  It was tolerable though (if they ever run out of Claritin I can grab a box).  When Walmart came out with their version, I tried it.  Their brand doesn't work for me AT ALL.  Very rarely do I use anything but Claritin.

It's the same with some of the cough medicines that I've tried.  Some work, some don't.

Terri

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Dec. 30, 2009 at 9:13 AM

In my experience the majority of generics are as effective as the brand name. I personally have not ever had an issue with a generic medication but I have a friend who cannot take the generic of her thyroid medication.

dhampshire63
by on Dec. 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Definetely depends on which medicine it is. Something I always do is compare ingredients, and most of the time they are exactly the same. That's when I go ahead and get the generic and it works just as good. Mind you my family rarely needs any prescription drugs, I'm just mostly talking about pain releivers.

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