I agree with you that some of the meds work better then others when comparing generic to brand name medications.
As far as how they compare in quality, here’s the scoop: The active ingredients — the things that make the brand-name drug work in the first place — are also found in the generic version. What might be different are the generic drug’s inactive ingredients — things that might affect how quickly a drug is released, the size and shape of the pill — there could be variation there.
There has been some anecdotal evidence suggesting some types of drugs may react significantly differently between the generic and brand. However, according to the FDA, they all undergo and meet the same strict regulations for safety and efficacy. Still, some docs may not want to risk even the small chance that a generic will react differently from the brand, so you need to have that conversation with your doctor to figure out what’s best for you.
I was on generic Welbutrin last winter and reacted poorly to this medication. So I stopped the med. I have since done some research and have found that many people swear by the Brand name so I have decided to give it a go and yes I am paying more for the med but if it will help then it is worth giving up something else to pay for the medication.
I also take other meds that are generic and have not had a problem with them.
I hope this helps you in some small way.
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