Does the generic version give you the same level of improvement?
I was on Lexapro when my doctor switched switched me to "generic" Lexapro. My pharmacist informed me there was no generic for Lexapro, but we would be filling Celexa instead. Be aware, they are completely different meds even though they are in the same "Family" of drugs. I went through 18 months of the Celexa throwing me into severe mania before someone told me to stop taking it. Of course, that person wasn't even a Dr. All I'm saying is be careful and beware the Celexa induced Mania.
The generic lexapro is very newly on the market. I believe it was May of this year that it became available. I switched asap due to the cost difference (it dropped my copay 20 dollars) and I haven't noticed a difference at all. It works just as well as the name brand did for me. I hope this answers your question! :)
Generic Lexapro was granted an AB rating by the FDA, so it varies a fair amount from the original, but it's supposed to have the same effects. However, I've found an several other forum boards that people that have made the switch experience the noted side-effects from Lexapro at far higher rates and with much greater severity, especially night sweats, extremely high blood pressure, insomnia, and anxiety. Given that my son was recently put on Escitalopram (generic Lexapro) and I want him to discontinue it as quickly as possible, I'm hoping for mild side effects, yet severe enough to convince him that it is awful stuff.
In searching for information on SSRI's, like Lexapro, I found some excellent articles in NY Times ("Post-Prozac Nation"), Newsweek ("The Depressing news about Antidepressants"), the National Institutes of Health ("Ethical issues in psychopharmacology"), and PLoS ("Serotonin And Depression: A Disconnect Between The Advertisements And The Scientific Literature")
I was on brand name Lexapro 20mg for over 10 years and did very well. I had to switch per my insurance and it threw me into hell. Headaches, Panic attacks, body aches, and more. The generic is terrible and made me very sick. I was having self injury and injury to other thoughts. I paid $150.00 and got the brand name and am almost back to myself in 2 weeks being back on name brand Lexapro. My Dr. had to send a medical necessity fax to the insurance and I am appealing the generic. Makes me sick that drug companies mess with people's mental health just to make a few extra bucks. It was aweful and scary. I think about the men in recent headlines for mass shootings of innocent people and wonder if they too were being "treated" with generic anti-depressants. That is how bad my experience was.
I just asked a similar question except I did switch last year and it was horrible. I thought I was just going through a tough time, I realized one year later it could be the generic! My Dr. wrote brand on my script and it now costs $150 for 90 days but I'm normal again. It's very upsetting they force you to get the generic when frankly it isn't the same exact at all.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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