is brand name Roche klonopin more effective than the generic? more specifically mylan clonazepam?
Roche which developed and initially made a class of drugs know as "Hypnotics". Librium and Valium were the first Hypnotics devloped back in the early 1960's as well as many of the other Hypnotic drugs (diazepam aka Valium, alprazolam aka Xanax, Ativan aka Lorazepam and the other Hypnotic drugs that affect the CNS). These Hypnotic drugs were originally developed as an alternative treatment to Barbituates, which were quite commonly prescribed at the time (i.e '50's and 60's) but Barbituates were a lot more dangerous than the Hypnotics. At that time Roche had all the patents on all these Hypnotic drug formulations, so they developed many hypnotic drugs that were just as effective as barbituates but were a lot less dangerous to the patient (when compared to barbituates). Now Hypnotics are still a popular drug to prescribe for medical conditions which call for the use of Hypnotics.
However now since the Roche brand name is a lot more expensive than the generic Hypnotic equivalent drugs that are made a lot cheaoer by generic drug companies and thus scsot a lot less at the pharmacy. So over the past few years Roche, in making a business decision, has just stopped making many of their Hypnotic class of drugs. Therefore you just can not get the Roche brand anymore for many of these various Hypnotic drugs made by Roche. You can only get the generic named eqivalent Hypnotic drug such as lorazepam, aprazolam, etc. (even though people still call these Hypnotic drugs by their brand name such as Ativan, Xanax, and so on). Basically the generic named Hypnotics drugs are a lot cheaper at the pharmacy than the Roche brand name, so that is what you will get at the pharmacy even though the doctor may write a prescription for Valium, Ativan, Xanax and so on... unless it is a Hypnotic that Roche stilll makes, and there are very few of those Hypnotic Roche brand of drugs stilll made by Roche now days. A pharmacist told me that you still can get the Valium Roche brand but he could not think of any other Roche brand in the class of Hypnotic brands, although he added that Roche stilll made a just few Hypnotic Roche brand of drugs. In fact when I was given a script for the mild sleeping pill, Dalmane, which is the Roche brand. I was given the generic drug made by the generic drug company, Mylan. The pharmacist told me that as far as he knew, Mylan was the only company that still made the generic brand of Dalmane. So the short answer is, that if someone wants the Roche brand of a Hypnnotic class of drug, they probably won't get that Roche brand because Rochche doesn't make that brand of Hypnotic drug anymore, but instead they will get a generic Hypnotic equivalent drug... that is unless they happen to luck out and get a script for a Hypnotic drug that Roche still maunfactures.
I have used The Brand Name Klonopin, and the generic (Mylan) clonazepam. I am currently using the generic version, and I have noticed no difference at all. The reason I am using the Mylan version is because my insurance will not cover Klonopin. I know that there is no difference is because I had a few Klonopins left over from a prior prescription. I compared the two versions (one day I used Klonopin, the next day I used the generic. There was no difference in the results. As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, the last generic pill's effectiveness seemed to last a bit longer than the Name Brand, because when I awoken the next day, I forgot to take the clonazepam for two hours. To me, that meant that the generics effectiveness was just a bit better. The companies that make the generics, are closely monitored by the FDA for quality control, so it's safe to say that Mylan's generic Klonopin is up to the standards of the name brand.
I had to switch to name brand because in my small town pharmacy you never know what generic you'll get and it's different every time. The name brand works great but my insurance is only going to pay thru January. So I need to know, does the Teva wafer last as long as the regular pills?
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