Here is information from the FDA that I think is important to read/know and I encourage people to take a look as there is a lot of misinformation out there about
Here is just a part of the info from the site:
Are generic drugs as effective as brand-name drugs?
Yes. A generic drug is the same as a brand-name drug in dosage, safety,
strength, quality, the way it works, the way it is taken and the way it should
FDA requires generic drugs have the same high quality, strength, purity and
stability as brand-name drugs
The part that makes some Drs. or Pharmacists wary about someone asking about a brand name of medication stating that it works better, is unfortunately that is what many addicts or those who sell the medications say because they have greater "street value". Obviously this is NOT what I think you are doing of course...Just explaining why a Pharmacist reacts this way if a customer they have never met calls/comes in asking for a specific med.
There have also been studies that people's perception can affect the way a medication works. For example, it has been shown that people think a larger pill is stronger or more effective than a smaller one of the same medication.
The "fillers", or inactive ingredient of a medication can vary which affect some folks. My Sam's club just switched their Morphine Sulfate ER medication to another generic and I had a bit of nausea for the first few days but it helps my pain just the same as I have used generics for the last 12 years.
The great part is it is $40 less than the other generic so I am doing the happy dance!!
It could be extremely dangerous if generics were not the same in the active ingredients for people on heart or cancer meds for example. That is why there are very strict laws/guidelines in place to require that they be identical in strength, dosage, quality, and safety.
If you feel that a med is truly not working for you, or I even know that some people can be allergic or sensitive to certain fillers like sulfa, these are things to be discussed with one's Dr. to try and find a good solution.
Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 5/11/2013 10:52:47 AM (GMT-6)