SE...If I may add in a bit to your information above:)
Generics are considered (by the FDA) identical in dose, strength, route of administration, safety, efficacy, and intended use. They have to pass those type of quality tests before they can get FDA approved.
The average difference in absorption into the body between the generic and the brand name was 3.5 percent and is comparable to differences between two different batches of a brand drug.
Also...as the inactive ingredients (fillers) can be different...that is where some people can have a specific reaction or side effect that they didn't get when they took the brand name.
As well as everyone processes medication a bit differently based on their own health issues such as issues with their immune system, kindney function, liver function and metabolism.
And I say this gently...but the biggest issue is the pyschological effect when someone knows that they are going on a generic. The brain is extremely powerful in helping provide a positive outlook on a situation or a negative one depending on what people focused on.
New studies about
placebos just came out where people were actually given a placebo pill but told by the Dr. that this particular one has worked very well to help with 'x' The patients knew they were getting a placebo and it was written on the bottle....The results were identical to the patients who took the actual medicine in helping them.
I'm not saying that people don't have reactions to medication or that some medicines work better than others for each person.
But that is where the internet, at times, can do harm in that those who are doing extremely well with their treatments that include medicine or surgeries...don't come online and talk about
it. So people can get a skewed view of certain things in a negative slant. If someone reads that a certain surgery they are about
to have hasn't worked for some people..they tend to worry that it won't work for them. Same with medicine.
That is why when I am taking a new medicine...I just talk to my Pharmacist about
the life threatening side effects...and then go from there. I give it a good month to work out the nuisance side effects that may occur...but I want to give it an honest try to see if it works for me without any outside influence.
Because of not having health insurance...I am on all generics and they do a good job at helping me manage my pain. The key is that I don't rely just on the medication...I do many other modalities that help me each day as a medicine isn't meant to do it all.
It's a great topic to have on the boards though as I know there are many misconceptions out there. But it truly boils down to what works for you (collective you) and finding the best treatments that you and you Dr. decide upon.
Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 8/11/2011 8:20:27 AM (GMT-6)