Hi there. My doctor prescribed me generic Lexapro (escitalopram) for mild situational depression and generalized anxiety. I have read many negative reviews about the generic versus the name brand, but most of those reviews seem to come from people who switched from the name brand to generic mid-treatment and had negative side effects (possibly because the generic and name brand are not EXACTLY the same and their bodies had to readjust to the new medical formulation). Has anyone had positive results beginning their treatment on the generic (as opposed to just switching from name brand to generic)? The generic is only $7 through my insurance, and the name brand is $166! But, I am scared to take the generic if even newbies have terrible reactions. Any info is greatly appreciated!!
7 Oct 2013
I haven't tried lexapro generic, but I've taken other generic forms of SSRIs. I've had a lot of success with generics, plus they are super cheap! If the generic forms weren't similar enough to the name brand, the FDA would take them off the market. Generic Prozac worked wonders for me even though a lot of people told me the name brand was much better.
8 Oct 2013
Hi, Lorz! Technically, a brand and generic medication should have exactly the same drug and exactly the same effects. Every pill you take has not only the active ingredient but fillers and inert ingredients which differ from brand to generic to another generic. People who switch from a brand to generic may be reacting differently because of the different formulation.
I've taken the brand and several different company's generics (the pharmacy generally orders the most cost effective version and may switch from time to time to keep your co-pay lower) and I found absolutely no difference.
For the cost difference, try the generic. People react differently ~ you might be a lucky one and not have side effects, or only mild ones, from brand or generic. If you do, you can always switch.
Good luck, WCV
2 Apr 2014
I never had a problem with switching from brand name Lexapro to generic escitalopram, which I am now asking to be put back on. I was switched to Cymbalta last year due to back pain to see if it would help with that as well. I had no problems, but just switched to the generic for Cymbalta and I feel like I have quit taking antidepressants cold turkey.
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