My doctor prescribed me Hydrocodone 10\500 for my back pain. Want to get the script filled at WalMart but need to know what Generic brand do they prescribe before I take my script their.
18 May 2012
Despite the word on the street, the variation between generic manufacturers is too little to make a difference. Yes, legally they have a +/- of 20% or so leeway, but seriously, if we were blindfolded and given one from each manufacturer we would not be able to tell the difference. My only point for you would be who has the best price. Hope this helps.
18 May 2012
You do know if you call them on the phone and ask them, they will tell you! I have done price checks and asked what manufacturer they use. As kaismama pointed out though, many stores will use whatever manufacturer the warehouse is getting the best price on and that can change from month to month and place to place. Another thing, balbanese is correct. There is about a 10%, maybe 20% difference in generic drugs. This is such a SMALL difference your BODY doesnt know the difference. Your MIND however, will tell you all kinds of strange things. You THINK you are getting something different, therefore it feels different. People used to be told that generics were inferior when generics first started coming out and that thought still prevails even though it is not true. This rumor was spread by brand name companies so that they wouldnt lose their customers when their patent runs out.
Just like commercials that insist that brand name Tylenol is the best or only one to trust and everyone knows that is marketing BS. The only case otherwise is if someone happens to be allergic to a particular binder. Like balbanese said, if you were blindfolded and told you were getting your "favorite" brand name, you would never know the difference. It is your eyes and your mind telling you it is different almost like a placebo effect. I can guarentee you that if you are in a hospital, you will be getting the cheapest generic they can find. If you consider 10-20% of a 10mg tab, you are only talking 1-2mg and that is not enough to feel a difference. Not in oral bioavailability. If you were getting an IV drug, you might be able to feel the difference in 1-2mg, but not in an oral drug.
19 May 2012
Silly me, in 22 years of ICU nursing, I thought acetaminophen was acetaminophen and hydrocodone was hydrocodone. Whatever was I thinking? Dzoo and balbanese couldn't be more correct. If possible, I buy all generics cuz my body doesn't know the difference and my wallet thanks me every time I go to the drug store. It is a simple fact of living in today's world
Aspirin is aspirin. Bayer aspirin is no different than any cheapo aspirin you can find. Just another example of the brainwashing of America.
My two cents worth.
19 May 2012
hello quiana30. No offense to other posters, but I do agree with you. Manufacturer does matter. I say this with experience from when express scripts made us change pharmacies. I didn't care about manufacturer, didn't know to.
I just knew my scripts were not working like my ones dispensed from my original pharmacy. Can't answer your question about WalMart as I don't do business with them. I would take Dzoo's advice. Call and ask. If you have your bottle from the script that worked for you, check the mfg, and call pharmacies till you find one that dispenses the same. Also, I would ask Dr. for less acetaminophen in my script. Don't know how many pills you take a day, but the acetaminophen dosages are extremely dangerous to your liver. Hope you get what you need. Best wishes, Carly
19 May 2012
I also agree with the poster. I don't take name brands but my generics of oxycodone & alprazolam DO make a difference which brand I take. Whether is the 20% which means I am only getting 12mg instead of 15mg of oxycodone & that makes a big difference, or if it's the fillers that make the drug work better, it does make a difference. I have found, that CVS will try to order whatever generic I prefer. Infact since a certain brand of alprazolam works better for my husband & myself, we have our own bottle with our name on it! Even our pharmacist agrees with me. We know our own bodies, & what works & what doesn't. If they don't happen to have my brand of oxycodone, I end up having to take more than my regular dose, or closer together than normal. Just my thoughts... Mary
20 May 2012
Hello Quiana30. I myself have little reaction be it genericVS nongeneric only because of my metabolizm. My point of view, and the FDA sets the guidelines, there is a difference between the two. And people do notice and in the case of generics themselves, there are differences. There is a formula that was at one time devised by the FDA "7/70" rule used that the generic must be within 70% (substance) of the original nongeneric and that it perform to the same standard in 70% of the people using the drug. That allows for a 30% difference between the non generic and non generic. Enough of a margin for a person to actually feel a noticeable difference in how the drug is doing Regards, pledge
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