Generic Paxil vs. the Real Deal

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Ruekat
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   Posted 3/4/2009 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Yes, I'm still on the fence. I looked at the bottle of what I thought was Paxil and it's generic. Anyone taking this form?
 
I called my insurance company and they will only cover generics if a brand has one. I can't afford to shell out the full price for the real Paxil.
 
Please advise.
 
Scared!
 
Thank you.
 
Ruekat
 
PS. I also noticed that my generic Klonopin this month hasn't been working as well. It's a new bottle! GRRRRRR redface
49 years old. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue nearly 9 years ago. Recently diagnosed with dysautonomia. Have two lovely daughters who are on their own. Divorced (not my choice). Went through early menopause, was on BHRT for 5 years. Currently taking Klonopin .5mg 3 times a day. Hopefully, with enough courage, I will begin my Paxil journey. Suffer with Depression/anxiety and just want it to go away!
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/4/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   

To the best of my knowledge generic medications have the same active ingredients, the same dosage form (tablets, capsules, suspension, and syrup) and are identical in the strength or concentration to brand name medications.

They may look different in shape, size and colors. There are strict guidelines that the generic medication has to meet in order to be called therapeutically equivalent and be marketed to you.

To be approved by the Food and Drug administration here, the amount of medication absorbed and the time that it takes the medication to be absorbed by the generic has to be within a certain percent of the brand name medication.

Even with these guidelines, there may be small differences between medications manufactured by different companies. In many cases, these differences will not dramatically change the way people respond to the medicine, but, in some people, even these small differences may be important. Usually, if a person can be kept on the same manufacturer’s product, they can be effectively and safely treated.

I hope this reassures you.
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Ruekat
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   Posted 3/4/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Kit for the reassurance. I did take the Paxil this morning and don't feel that great. But I know, anxiety is usually worse when you first take these drugs. Doesn't make sense to me and every other one that I've been on has been the same.

 

I guess since I'm starting with the generic and not switching I wouldn't know what the "real" Paxil would do.

 

Take care.

 

Rene


49 years old. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue nearly 9 years ago. Recently diagnosed with dysautonomia. Have two lovely daughters who are on their own. Divorced (not my choice). Went through early menopause, was on BHRT for 5 years. Currently taking Klonopin .5mg 3 times a day. Hopefully, with enough courage, I will begin my Paxil journey. Suffer with Depression/anxiety and just want it to go away!
 
Thankful for finding this forum board. And the warm welcomes I have received.


TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 3/4/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I believe Kitt is right on that one.

But, I am taking the generic because my insurance says if theres a generic then take it rather than the real stuff. But, it should be basically the same thing...

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