Disclaimer: This is written from my perspective only and based on my experience. I am not a doctor nor a pharmacist, nor do I have a medical background. I'm just the normal person who experiences problems with SOME generic drugs. I just want to raise awareness to the fact that generics are NOT exactly the same as Brand Name drugs.
Those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning might remember I've touched on the subject of Brand Name drugs versus Generic. That blog post was primarily talking about Parkinson's Drugs. Here's the post if you wish to read it, click here. Well, now I'm having problems with a generic Synthroid for my Thyroid.
I've been on Thyroid medication for something like 20+ years. On January 1st, we switched insurance companies for both insurance coverage and prescription drug coverage. When I saw my doctor in January for new prescriptions, he requested a generic version of Synthroid (I think I remember telling him - let's try them again because it's so very much cheaper.) Well, bad decision.
I held off cracking open the new bottle because I still had older ones to use up. I decided to try the new generic last Monday. By the second day my system felt hyper - felt like it was rushing rushing rushing! People who have anxiety attacks tell me that is how they feel when they are having an attack. I kept taking the drug for 2 more days by thinking I'll get used to it. WRONG! Over the weekend, I went back to taking my left over Synthroid drug - symptoms went totally away. Yesterday I decided to take another of the generic - back to anxious feeling again. So, on Thursday I'll be visiting my doctor to get a new prescription for Synthroid. Guess I'll just have to pay the outrageous price. I don't know for sure that it's the generic drug, but I'm suspecting that it is. Generics only have a fraction of the original ingredients found in the brand name. That is a percentage approved by the FDA.
I don't have a total dislike for generics, but I use them cautiously because I've had several bad experiences. It's a shame that drugs have to be so very pricy that we have to resort to a lesser quality. if generics work for you - that's great. I wish more of them worked for me. But it is "buyer beware." The consumer also has no knowledge of the "fillers" used in the generic.
Dr. Oz has a great article that I ran across yesterday when I was researching generics again. It was written by a physician and is easy to understand. You might find this interesting and helpful. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/what-you-need-know-about-generic-drugs
Until next time,