My new doctor gave me generic teva instead of prometrium. I did well with prometrium and am now worried about the side effects of using something of potentially lesser quality. I've read that synthetic progesterone can have more side effects. can someone tell me more about teva?
24 Nov 2012
(this is copied from another post, but totally appropriate) My experience is that Prometrium is natural, plant-based and "bioidentical" to human progesterone. And it is expensive. The "generic equivalent of Prometrium" that my insurance company filled my prescriptions with synthetic (synthetic hormones are designed by drug companies and are foreign to the human body, unique in ways so they can be patented. The formula has been altered in a small way, an H or OH or C has been switched on the basic steroid ring). The insurance companies might love the savings, but my body HATED synthetic (originally marketed as Provera among others). My doctor now writes my prescription for Prometrium with the 'dispense as written' box checked so I do not get the generic synthetic substitution that saves the insurance company money and increases their profit. It isn't a quality issue, it is a chemical composition issue.
It didn't work and within three months I was in the same condition as I'd been without the medication at all. Prometrium is my magic pill (I am not peri-, post- or menopausal yet, it was given originally after a reproductive endocrinologist identified a lower-than-appropriate in comparison to the other hormones, level of progesterone and I credit it with 'curing' migraines and carry a child to term). I am currently researching whether or not Progestan is bioidentical or synthetic.
30 Dec 2012
I was on name brand Prometrium for 8 years aloing with the vivelle dot patch for HRT. Becasue the cost has gone up my doctor asked me if I wanted to try the Teva generic. After 4 days on it I had cramps and after three more days I was spotting. I never had any trouble with the name brand. The Teva generic is very weak and NOT the same as the name brand.
7 Feb 2013
Just found this:
Availability of Generic Prometrium
Generic Prometrium capsules come in the following strengths:
Progesterone 100 mg
Progesterone 200 mg.
They are made by various manufacturers, such as:
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The version sold by Watson is actually an "authorized generic." This means that it is actually the real, brand-name capsules that have been sold to the generic supplier, relabeled, and sold as a generic.
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