I have been on 1mg alprazolam for years and it has been the only thing that will help my anxiety and panic disorder. My pharmacist has always had the alprazolam made by Greenstone and then without any warning he switched to a different brand (Actavis) and when I got home and took my next 1mg of alprazolam made by Actavis it didn't work after talking this new brand my pharmacist switch to (Actavis) i started to feel like i was having withdrawals. can somebody tell me if they're having the same problem that I'm having with this brand? Can somebody tell me why this brand does not perform like the greenstone brand? I know it's not just me because I I had 3 of the Greenstone brand left over in a bottle from a month prior and I took them and immediately could tell I took my medication but now I am back on the brand that does not work (Actavis) I'm having problems with my anxiety and panic attacks. Is there anyway I can contact Actavis and tell them the problem that I am having?
Alprazolam you know is Xanax and prescribed for anxiety, which has been working for you. If you’re supposed to have 1mg daily and the new ones are 1mg you shouldn’t be having withdrawals so either the Actavis prescription you filled isn’t the right dosage/medication or the way they make it doesn’t work for you. I don’t know what it looks like but suggest you go to the ‘pill identifier’ on the home page on this site and check ‘agree’ on the terms scroll section. Put in the description of the pill. It will ask for color, shape, and imprint. Make sure it’s 1mg of alprazolam when it comes up. There should usually be a picture. If it comes up as 1mg of alprazolam, and it’s not working for you, do whatever you need to get one that does. Call your doctor and get a new prescription for what you were taking. Call the pharmacist where you got it and ask what the difference between the Greenstone and Actavis could be.
The doctors prescription shouldn’t state the name of the pharmaceutical company. It should just be a normal prescription. I’m suspicious and want you to use the pill identifier asap. Make sure you have 1mg of alprazolam. Any reduction/change can cause withdrawals so if that’s what’s happening, it sounds like you need a different pill, now. Don’t wait. The pharmacy may have made a mistake or maybe this brand is less expensive but find out what you have for sure and call the pharmacy. Make sure you talk to the Pharmicist and not a helper but right now look up the pill on “pill identifier” on this site. I hope you get this taken care of but act quickly.
Same here. Not feeling well with this brand. Preferred Par, used for years and knew how to take them to maximize my day.
The generics are all different. The FDA requires the same amount of Xanax be included, but fillers and coloring can have a drastic effect. From what I’ve heard, Greenstone is the best as it’s made in the same place as Xanax. CVS ordered me Aurobindo generic and it felt really different. I had a talk with the pharmacist to put in my profile to only order generic from Greenstone. He said it’s up to distributor and what he carries. You may have to change pharmacies and shop around to get your preferred generic.
I just got my prescription refilled from Sam's Club pharmacy and it is not working at all. I know they changed suppliers because the price decreased significantly. This is like a fake drug. It has bad side effects. I am going to try to taper off of it immediately. I have been taking this drug on and off for 30 years and have never had this kind of reaction. I have felt like the generic anti-anxiety part has gotten weaker over the decades. I have bought real name brand xanax in Mexico occasionally over the decades and am certain that the generic is not as good. But this generic does not work at all.
All generics are different. They have a different percentage of Xanax in them & different fillers so they will affect people differently. Greenstone is the only generic that is exactly or 99% the same as the brand because it is made by the same company. I am going through this right now & went through it last year. The pharmacies are trying to save money by buying cheaper alternatives. My pharmacy just informed me they went from Greenstone to Breckenridge and they have bad reviews. Last year my insurance was paying for the brand but I'm not sure now because I was taking Greenstone all year. It's pure greed. Also, do not take Aurobindo, that company is in India & they have found carcinogens in some of their drugs. I had the 1 mg Alprazolam from them through CVS & I became very ill. That Rx went in the garbage. Also, they do put the manufacturers' names on each bottle but we have to hit them up before we take them our Rx.
Some pharmacies will order what you want, but not the big ones. They'll all order the brand, if your insurance will cover it.
I was given Actavis this month for the first time in 20 years. Always used Greenstone accept 1 time
3 years ago was given Teva. The Teva made me itch so bad and didn't give any anxiety relief. The Actavis makes me feel sad, cranky, and extremely sleepy. I can't function. Pharmacist says the Greenstone is on manufacture backorder. These different manufactures definitely act differently. All these were .5mg.
I was on Greenstone 1mg brand for years, and the same thing happened to me. Just last month my pharmacy sent me the Actavis brand and I didn't even realize it. I have felt sick since taking it. Dizzy, headache, stomach ache, nausea. I even had an optical migraine last week for the first time in my life. I called around to a bunch of different pharmacies in my city and found one still carries Greenstone, so I'm going to switch back to that. Hoping I start feeling better after the change. It might seem like I have the flu or something but I don't. I had 1 Greenstone pill left over that I took last week and I felt great the next day. Then I went back to Actavis and have felt sick since.
I have always used Walgreens and this last prescription I got is not working. I reached out to my doctor and have not heard back from him yet. The pharmacy said Actavis was the manufacturer. I suffer from anxiety and this month has been hard on me with the drug not being effective.
Yes they are very very weak, the company is having quality control problem, my dad works there
I have had same exact problems with Actavis 1 mg, technically the company does not exist they are owned by Teva another company that has had a lot of lawsuits and recalls Alprazolam made by Actavis is absolute garbage took 1mg couldn't go to sleep took 2mg still couldn't go to sleep instant withdrawal feelings within 3 hours I don't care what anybody says generics are not as good as the name brand and Actavis/Teva,mylan are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to generics. Greenstone is made by Pfizer definitely the best .I don't know what is happening with Actavis but it doesn't make me hungry actually makes me irritable with more anxiety can't even sleep when I take it, causes stomach problems. 1 mg greenstone pill is half the size of a half a milligram Actavis pill clearly there's a big difference these people should not be allowed to exist.
Actavis already had too many problems and had to sell out to Teva and they're both garbage companies. Personally I think it's a synthetic and it's not even real it has none of the effects that normal Xanax has
I noticed a couple of years ago when CVS switched my alprazolam .5 to Actavis and first thought it was my imagination. I only take 1/2 at night to sleep but started noticing that it wasn't the same. I started taking the full .5 instead of cutting it in half... even then it wasn't the same. I thought I was building up a tolerance to them. When a friend repaid me with hers (don't remember the brand name) it was like taking a double dose. How can I get the better quality?
The One thing that i always tell everybody that have had these kind of experiences is that YOU are the patient and the pharmacists work for you. Therefore i dont think big pharmaceutical chains such as CVS and the others wont take the time to order a different brand for one patient and if they do it typically will take about a week or so. BUT with that said that said that brings me to MY failsafe, when having a problem with your generic brand. The best thing to do is have your doctor request NAME BRAND MEDICALLY NECESSARY. I know that name brand can be a bit more in cost, but there are assistance programs to help pay for them and insurance will cover the as long as the Doc makes them medically necessary. What better thing than the original brand thats been making it since the early 80’s. You also can call around most independent pharmacies WILL order it for you for sure, but if a company stops making a drug eventually the inventory will be all gone. Good Luck.
I just want to thank all of you who commented on this post, as well as the original poster. Actavis has been awful for me for the past year and not sure when it got switched up on me. I'd asked my pharmacy about their other generics 6 months ago and was told Dava was the only other one. Now, today--- a pharmacist I'm buddies with looked up Greenstone and ordered it for me -- next up will be insurance not covering it knowing my luck... but this thread helped me to figure out that Actavis is the culprit, as i have some other things I thought it could have possibly been as well... now I'm convinced-- thanks so much!
The same thing happened to me, It’s really causing problems with my quality of Life. I really wish they would just stop messing with the medications
I am dealing with the exact opposite experience right now. I have been taking generic Xanax made by the manufacturer Activis for the past 3 years, and Walgreens just switched the manufacturer to Greenstone. Let me tell you, it was hell for the first 2-3 days I had a horrific headache I couldn’t get rid of, felt super tired and bit of the withdrawal symptoms (adverse effects, like pure anxiety).
After time I think our bodies get used to and form a dependence on the exact formula of the generic Xanax and filler bonded with it, so even the slightest change to the filler makes us feel “off”.
The good news is that I have been through this experience before and it does get better after a few days. Within a week your body should be adjusted to the new formula. Good luck to you!
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