Just read this article on generics and wanted to get it out there for all to read. This article was written by a medical director over the Center for Specialized Womens Health at the Cleveland Clinic. It was a great article.
"In some cases brand-name drugs are better than generics. Generic pain killers like Acetaminophnen are fine. I do not recommend generics when prescribed a hormone-based drug, including birth control pills, thyroid medications, antidepressants as these drugs require extremely precises doseages. Any drug that requires a precise doseage brand-name is recommended. Because the FDA does not require the drugs to be exactly the same, you may get a little more or a little less of a drug. Generics can also have different fillers and may dissolve at a different rate".
What this article means to me is if you take a script for one particular problem you may do better to get brand name in order not to run the risk of the too little or too much. Its recommended discussing this with your dr. I would say pain meds then should be brand-name only. I know I could tell the difference of generic dilaudid over brand-name, big difference. I have also read back some time ago to neve buy generics with blood pressure medications and have been on brand-name only for years. I take 19 different medications a day with a co-pay of $35 for brand and $10 for generic. Generic is not available in 17 of the 19 so you know where my money goes every month. This does not include my Humira that is done by mail order because of being what is called a "specialty drug" or the meds that go in my pump every 6 weeks. Believe it or not I weeded out some drugs,lol.
Oh well, just wanted everyone to know about this article....Susie