However, i do have arthritis in many of my joints and spine. I can tell you without a doubt that weather does impact my arthritis. The past couple of mornings I have awaken to a very sore, stiff body and it has been difficult to get moving. So, thank heavens for the Tramadol and Tylenol combination my family doctor prescribed.
While doing the research on Weather/Parkinson's, I happened on an article published in http://www.parkinson.org/. In an article (half way down the page on the left hand side) - click on:
- Generic vs. Branded Drugs for Parkinson’s Disease
"Work with your physician to develop a tailored treatment plan. Using generic drugs may provide a cost savings, but they may not be appropriate for you, especially if you already tolerate the branded drug.
If you make the switch, be sure to follow these tips:
- Report to your physician how effective the drug is
- Carefully keep a diary of any side effects
- Record dose adjustments that your physicians make (higher or lower)
- In general, try to stay with a single drug manufacturer for your generic medications (You may need to ask your pharmacist to special order for you)
So this article supports the problems I experienced when the doctor switched me from the Brand name Mirapex to the generic one. My system couldn't tolerate it and it wasn't my imagination. Many of my readers also confirmed they many times they have had problems with generics. This is not to say that generics are bad. They are not, but if they don't work for you, then they don't work for you. Tell your doctor. This may be why I had problems with the generic levodopa/carbidopa drug that the doctor tried me on, which was also a generic. I will be talking to him about that and am printing off a copy of this article to take with me.
In my opinion, doctor's are beginning to prescribe more and more generics because
1. It does save the patient money. but, more importantly......
2. The Insurance Companies prefer the use of generics to save money. If a brand name is prescribed, the doctor has to jump through hoops to request the brand name. They are already over booked with patients and just don't have time for the added paper work. Strictly my opinion, not based on fact but seems to be what happens in my case.
Thanks for reading about this subject again. But I had to document what I found to back up my comments on the problems I was having.