Are these the same products? If not can you say any major basic differences. I seem to respond to one better than the other but haven't been using for long so may just be a fluke and if it isn't I want to be able to tell my pharmacy
Like the previous comments posted, it is correct that this is not a pharmaceutical site, although I can see why you would think it is. The domain name is a bit misleading. But I might be able to possibly help you with your concerns. It is true that the brand name medication "Imitrex" is in fact the same medication, or "active ingredient" that is used in the generic version, "sumatriptan". What most people don't realize is that the active ingredient may be identical, but the fillers used are not always the same. As long as the active ingredient, sumatriptan, is the same (same chemical molecule), generic manufacturers can use different, often less expensive fillers in their versions of the medication. This is true of most generic formulations on the market, regardless of what medication it is. For most of the population, the different fillers don't cause a problem or decrease the efficacy of the medication. But there are some...
I won't say "rare"... how about "less frequent", instances in which the fillers in the medication can react differently in different people. They may simply give undesirable side effects, but the active ingredient is still effective. Other times they can decrease the efficacy of the active ingredient in a small portion of the population. If you are in the latter category and your insurance will not pay for the brand name, see if your doctor is willing to submit a request for prior authorization to your insurance company, citing the reasons why you need the brand name as opposed to the generic. Not all insurance companies will approve it, but some do. It's worth a shot if you do get relief from the brand version, but not the generic. If either formulations still worked for me and I didn't have insurance at all, I would find a way to pay for it out of pocket. Only a migraine sufferer can understand that reasoning! I hope I helped, even if only a little. Good luck to you.
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