Generic Prevacid

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PH Fan
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   Posted 1/6/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
2 months ago I switched too generic prevacid has anybody else done the same,they said at the pharmacy that it works just as good as regular prevacid,I personally don't think it does any opinions on this.

Stormienite
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   Posted 1/6/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
No help here.  I take disolvable prevacid and there's no generic form, although I wish there were.  It would be cheaper.
 
But regular Prevacid tablets are over the counter now.
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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My father takes it. It worked for him.

Joy

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   Posted 1/8/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
My insurance company switched me to generic Prevacid this month, and as soon as I started taking it, I noticed all my old symptoms coming back. I opened up one of my Prevacid 30 mg capsules and one of the generic 30 mg capsules, and saw there there is about 30% less stuff in the generic capsules. I think that is why it doesn't work as well. Now I have to figure out how to get back to the dosage level I had on Prevacid because it was working pretty well. The generic version just does not seem as potent.

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   Posted 1/8/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
speden said...
My insurance company switched me to generic Prevacid this month, and as soon as I started taking it, I noticed all my old symptoms coming back. I opened up one of my Prevacid 30 mg capsules and one of the generic 30 mg capsules, and saw there there is about 30% less stuff in the generic capsules. I think that is why it doesn't work as well. Now I have to figure out how to get back to the dosage level I had on Prevacid because it was working pretty well. The generic version just does not seem as potent.
Hummm-Maybe that's why I'm having symptoms coming back,thanks for your reply speden!

babygirl10150
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   Posted 1/8/2010 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
That's interesting! The name brand prilosec works better for me but I'm on the generic. I should check into that.
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   Posted 1/9/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Is the generic a 24 hour time-release capsule? The missing stuff could be starch or some other filler. There are OTC 24 hour capsules now.
Alcie
 
 


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   Posted 1/9/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie said...
Is the generic a 24 hour time-release capsule? The missing stuff could be starch or some other filler. There are OTC 24 hour capsules now.

I think so.


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   Posted 1/9/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Good luck and take care,

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Alcie
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   Posted 1/9/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt is correct in that generics are supposed to be equivalent in ACTIVE ingredients. BUT they don't necessarily have the same adjuvants (the other junk, like preservatives and fillers), etc. Generic Prevacid, unless labeled 24 hour, or Time Release, is not the same as brand name 24-hour release, only the same as the older procuct which was good for only 10 hours or maybe a little more. (I don't remember what I read in a comparison or PPIs a year or two ago.) The Time Release products are brand new on the markes, so I would highly doubt the generics of that are available yet.

For example - I take time release Toprol XL. Actually I take the generic "ER" now, but I used to have to take the brand name because the generic was not available a few years ago.
Another example - Diprivan. The generic uses sulfite as a preservative. I'm allergic to sulfite, get tachycardia, and have to tell the anesthesiologist. (I put it in writing.)

Some people I know insist on brand name of a few products because the generics do not act properly. One is furosemide a "water" pill. Brand name is cheap for that. Pharmacies are always switching generic brands to find the cheapest (most profitable) one for them. I've had to insist on certain generics over other brands.

There was a big article in Wall Street journal a year or so ago about generic medicines coming from India, using ingredients coming from China.

Anyway - if you don't get the proper help from the generic you can have the doc write brand name necessary, OR have him prescribe Nexium, which is not available in generic and works better for some people. It's time release 24 hours now, used to work only 18 hours.
Alcie
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 1/9/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie, you are correct too. :)


I have paid out of my own pocket for brand over generic when I felt one worked better then the other. Some I have always had in generic so would not know if brand is better. :-)



Kitt

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   Posted 1/26/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
speden said...
My insurance company switched me to generic Prevacid this month, and as soon as I started taking it, I noticed all my old symptoms coming back. I opened up one of my Prevacid 30 mg capsules and one of the generic 30 mg capsules, and saw there there is about 30% less stuff in the generic capsules. I think that is why it doesn't work as well. Now I have to figure out how to get back to the dosage level I had on Prevacid because it was working pretty well. The generic version just does not seem as potent.
Hey Speden,have you been able too figure out if the change of meds has caused the old symptons,i had a endoscopy done on 1-25-10 they found that my esphougus some burning,I tell ya I was ok until the med change and I can't change back until this supply is gone,very frustrating.

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   Posted 1/26/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I, too, was switched from Prevacid to the generic and experienced returning symptoms.  I also have been taking an antibiotic and vitamins.  After rereading the stickers on the medication bottles, I decided to try taking my antibiotic and vitamins at a different time of the day after I started the generic.  Surprisingly, I no longer had any more heartburn and reflux.  I now continue with the generic Prevacid in the morning and take my antibiotic at night.  Problem seems to be solved.  Do you have any possible med interactions?
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