Why or why not?
I do, I rarely buy name brand. I used to work for a pathologist, and every medication, over the counter or prescription was generic.
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.
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.
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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