22 Oct 2012
Yes, in my opinion, it is and here is why. While all generic medications have the exact same active ingredients as their name-branded counterparts, the stabilizers and other inactive ingredients they use can be very different; it is these ingredients that result in a different metabolism of the drug itself. Of course, metabolism also depends on people (i.e. if you have Crohn's disease or other digestive difficulties and are taking a drug that now metabolizes in your gut rather than your kidneys, this will certainly affect the process).
After taking the Westward (blue) generics of Fioricet for many years, I was also switched to the Watson (white) pills. Even doubling the dosage did not compare to the Westwards for me. I've physically gone into my pharmacy to request the Westwards, but was told my doc needed to make the request. If you let your doctor know that the new generic version "does not metabolize the same" as what you've had previously, they will switch. If you have Kaiser, they do honor this request and won't charge more. Good luck!
13 Feb 2013
Actually the white fioricet don't work they are BULLSHIT sorry for the language but im so upset because ever since they didn't have the blue at Rite Aid this January I've been in and out the E R like crazy, and they have them nowhere I'm going to call West Ward and complain and get some answers as we all should because we all know that migraines are not to be played with
14 Feb 2013
Are the Westward ones the brand name medication? If so, then that's all that the doctor has to indicate. Can't recall exactly, something like dispense as directed? If I tell my doctor to order Westward pills, they may not be aware of the manufacturer and not do it. I've found the same problem with the pills not working nearly as well. I thought it was just me. THANK YOU to all.
25 Jun 2013
Not sure what happened to post.
Prefer 787 over Watson for sure. Walmart has it or did a year ago.
Having complex migraines too often. Got hives from Topamax.
Be careful! Complex migraines mimic stroke like symptoms. They
changed my small vessels in my brain which affect white matter. Keep
eating things that increase blood flow. I don't have high blood pressure or diabetes. But, I do have low blood sugar at times and low blood pressure.
Check on line for keeping veins clear in your brain!
25 Jun 2013
The inactive ingredients are indeed different between Watson 369 and the old blue Westward 787.
Watson ones have crosprovidon listed first. Magnesium is listed first on West Ward. Check it out. I bet if you increased your magnesium, you would do well!!! Magnesium is so beneficial to the nervous system. I will do that!!!
You would have to check on providone, that is listed too for Watson.
Interesting that the 787 one has Sodium Starch Glycolate in it. Happy Hunting!
1 day 22 hours ago
I just looked this "blue" pill up because I usually get the white ones from CVS, first the caplets which worked fairly well and the round ones which barely work at all. So I am glad to know that these blue ones will be more effective.
But I wanted to let you all know of a weird anomaly that worked extremely well in cutting most of my migraine headaches out by about 98 %. I had been given Verapamil for prophylactic migraine treatment from a headache specialist, which did nothing, but I continued to take it just in case. Then I had a heart issue several years ago and my cholesterol was somewhat high so my cardiologist gave me Lipitor specifically because it has an anti-inflammatory component. And as soon as I mixed the 2 drugs my headaches went away. I mean the next day! Maybe I have 1 or 2 actual migraines in a year now, usually from a food trigger. But I used to wake up daily with that slightly sick feeling that was what I call a pre-migraine. Anything could turn that into a full-out 12-hour pounding sick headache… chocolate, stress, heat, sun, etc. Since I take those 2 drugs together that pre-migraine stuff has completely gone away. It is completely "off book", not ever clinically tried, not mentioned anywhere. It is completely accidental that it works. And if I stop taking one or the other, that pre-migraine head sick feeling comes back. Ask your doctor. Maybe it will work for you too. Also it is not any statin, just Lipitor and its generic atorvastatin. Crestor and Zocor do not have the same effect nor that anti-inflammatory, at least on me, and I also have a sulfate sensitivity. The reason I take Fioricet at all now is for adjunctive pain relief for something else, not migraine, which is also off the book. But if it works and does no harm, I am happy, and that is my own choice for myself. So the combo is Verapamil and Lipitor. Your doctor can decide what dosage levels or not are right for you.
- Fioricet Information for Consumers
- Fioricet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fioricet (detailed)
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