Have been taking one half of a 0.5mg lorazepam for years. Lately the Sandoz brand. My pharmacy can no longer get that brand (not sure if Sandoz still makes it). I was given Watson instead. It gave me bad heartburn and when it finally kicked in it felt so strong I was unable to stand up. I asked for a different brand and was given Mylan. It was way too strong. I felt like I had a brick in my chest and developed a sore throat and horrible dry mouth and lips. My lips are cracked from one dose.
I called a different pharmacy and they assured me they had Sandoz. Had to get a new prescription from my doc. When I got the new pills they told me they were Sandoz but they are really Actavis. I assume Sandoz purchased Actavis. I've taken one dose of this with not much relief and it is bothering my stomach.
I know brand names are usually better but I was doing okay before the switch. Do they still make a brand name Ativan or the Sandoz brand? Anyone know?
I am really having a hard time with this as Ativan/lorazepam is the only med I have been able to take for anxiety and panic with low side effects until now. I've tried many things through the years.
I don't understand why the generics are allowed to be so different and have so many inactive ingredients.
hey jayhawk, i worked for a large pharmaceutical distribution center for many years and Sandoz was a major company. i would be surprised to discover they are no longer in business. in the industry they are like johnson & johnson a big hitter. ive always ran into trouble when they change the formulation like the food coloring they change or some of the inactive ingredients that are used. ive gotten terrible cases of indigestion like you said and intestinal problems as well. i would try and visit Sandoz website to see their current condition. i have never been a generic supporter. some of the ones i have to take crumble and are not coated making them hard to swallow. best of health and good luck to you. john
2 Nov 2014
I doubt it's the Lorazepam at fault, but a switch from Watson who made it before and now it's produced by a company called Actavis. I just had huge problems with the Actavis brand of Lorazepam. I'm totally freaked out.
I've been on Watson's generic of Ativan (Lorazepam) for over 20 years, 1mg worked wonderfully in helping my panic and anxiety. A month ago I submitted a new RX for Ativan Generic and the Lorazepam DOESN'T WORK!!! I looked and saw the Actavis name instead of Watson. Even 2mgs fail to have a calming effect.
I'm so upset over this! What can we do? I went to the Watson page and sent them a message, promising to contact the FDA re this.
It's unbelievable this has happened, I feel for you and for me. I really don't know the answer except that Actavis SUCKS and is pulling a fast one on consumers.
I may have to try Xanax as this is NOT the usual Lorazepam and is pure placebo.
31 Dec 2015
I can still Get 1mg lorazepam Watson brand at Walgreens as of 12/30/15. What do people think of Qualitest vs Watson. I just switched to Qualitest and don't notice too much a difference.
2 Jan 2016
I must be a very rare and tolerant person, because I ALWAYS use generics, and never have a problem. All the generics I get seem to work just as well as the Brand Name drugs. I just recently switched from Walgreens to Rite Aid, because Walgreens always seemed to be out of the meds I needed. Since I take many blood pressure drugs as well as antianxiety and pain prescription meds, many insurance companies, (I'm sure most) won't allow you to refill these meds until 3 days before you run out. This was a real problem for me since I don't get out all that much, and most of the meds I need are BP meds. What do they think I'm going to do with them? Get high? Not bloody likely. There is one thing I love about Rite Aid, and that's that they only charge what the drug itself costs if it's under my $4.00 co pay. I paid $1.69 for 60 Clonazepam the other day. Most companies charge that co pay no matter what the drug costs.
1 Aug 2016
I have taken the watson and sandoz brand of lorazepam for 3 plus years with no problems. I take 1.75 mg a day out of the 2.0 mg daily prescribed because i am slowly weaning off. I went to cvs instead of walgreens this month and they gave me the qualitest brand and i am feeling very ill, severe anxiety, i feel even more anxiety after i take it cant sleep and am praying i dont end up in the hospital. I have 47 pills left out of 60 and am told i have to wait to refill somewhere else and cant return them. My doctor cant write another prescription i was told over the phone because its a controlled substance. I reported this brand to the fda and dont know what else i can do.
27 Nov 2016
Did you really post this in 2013? Says released in November 2016. I've been on the 1 mg dose for years either given Mylan or Watson. This month was given the Sandoz or Actavis pill and it was like taking aspirin. Didn't work for anxiety at all!! Really upset. CVS did this and I will not fill it again if they use this manufacturer. I read on Web MD that they can reduce the main ingredient by 20%!!!
20 Mar 2017
There is something seriously wrong with the generic versions of Ativan. All of the companies mentioned have been bought by a company called Teva with the exception of Mylan. It may be that they have not necessarily bought the company, but rather the right to produce Lorazepam. I was on the Watson version for quite some time and was switched to Sandoz by Walgreens. Disastrous results. I complained and they ordered Watson for me. This past month when I got it refilled it said Actavis, although Watson was on the label. I placed the two tablets side by side and that other than being a small white tablet, they did not look the same. The new one was slightly shiny and the stamped version of Watson was blurry. I'm taking it, but it really does not work. I struggle to sleep and wake up groggy. I then decided that I would bite the bullet and pay more for Ativan. Guess what...
$1700 to fill the prescription. Can you really believe this? As consumers, we probably don't have the resources to pay a lab to analyze the actual content of generic Lorazepam. At some point, if there are enough complaints some national television program like 60 Minutes might be a possible resource, or for those of us living in major markets, your local news affiliate. THIS IS NOT A MINOR PROBLEM!!! If the FDA is not interested in being involved, I'm sure there are a few lawyers that could get excited about this.
20 Mar 2017
The Mylan Brand of Lorazepam is the best one, Generic wise
29 Dec 2017
If you are lactose intolerant, that could be a factor. I read on sandoz website that sandoz lorazepam contains lactose monohydrate(ie. Milk), whereas Watson lorazepam does not. This might explain why I suddenly have stomach aches and upset stomach nightly and am groggy when I wake up. This has been happening for 3 nights ever since Rite aid switched me onto sandoz lorazepam. I found out this decision was made at the corporate level I assume because sandoz is cheaper. If I keep taking this stuff I may have to start taking a Lactaid tablet with it. Otherwise I will try to find another pharmacy that will let me get Watson lorazepam. Thanks a whole lot Rite aid - NOT!!
21 May 2018
Hello!! I have taken the Sandoz brand of this medication for many years now. I have recently found out that Sandoz has stopped manufacturing Ativan. I too have also tried the Watson or Mylan (cannot remember which one exactly) and had a reaction to the filler in the other brand. I have been advised that I need to find out the filler in the Sandoz brand and talk to a pharmacist to see it they can find one that has the same... Not sure how easy this is going to be and we all know this is not a med that can just be stopped. I have also called Sandoz directly and they have been no help.
14 Jun 2018
I have just been switched from lorazepam (from Mylan) which was pretty good, to a generic from LEADING PHARMA that sucks and does NOTHING for my anxiety! It actually leaves me feeling depressed in my head and an awful down feeling in my head. The other one did not. I agree that this is disturbing that all these different companies can try to make the formula and the FDA says it's supposed to be the same, but it is NOT. My body proves it . Unfortunately looks like the only brand name i can get around my area is from Activas, and I have not tried that yet, but I am hoping it will be better than the LEADING Pharma one. If not, I am going to have to switch to something else . I am super upset that we have to go through this and suffer more anxiety. I don't know why Mylan doesn't make it anymore.
14 Jun 2018
I’m also involved in another chat room through webmd. Several people have been complaining of all of the switches being made with the lorazepam. Most of us all have had the best luck with the Mylan brand. We found out through the company they are no longer making them after a nationwide backorder. Leading seems to be the generic that most of us have been unfortunately given. It tastes like pure sugar and doesn’t help anxiety at all. I’m on 1 mg twice a day. I did find out my pharmacy can still get the 0.5 dose so I had my doctor write the rx for 0.5 to take two tabs twice a day and doubled the quantity. Other than any side effects, if it works, but just seems too strong, cut the dose in half and be glad it works.
14 Jun 2018
Hang in there. A lot of this is just trial and error, there seems to be enough makers of lorazepam, it took me months to find the one that would work, Actavis was perfect , watson is what i use, not great but can get by, not the best way to go through life but better than the anxiety and panic attacks that come with not taking anything, good luck to you, don't give up looking
4 Jul 2018
I just had to get Watson by actavis lorazepam 1 mg.They had mylan before now it's on back order. I have taken the mylan 1 mg with no problems. I just took Watson yesterday and couldn't sleep at all. I am scared because I have 29 days of pills left unless doctor will write me a new script so I can go to a local place that said they ordered mylan for me. What do you do when you can't sleep and how long can you go without sleep, this has never happened before. If anyone has any suggestions please get back with me because I can't see my doctor until Monday. Why do these pharmacies keep getting different generics that can vary in strength by 20% higher or lower depending on which company makes them and we have to be their guinea pigs.
9 Aug 2018
Per my telephone calls on 7th August 2018 to both Sandoz (800.525.8747), and Mylan (877.446.3679) corporate east coast offices, they have both DISCONTINUED making lorazepam, a generic of Ativan. Personally, after 5 years on Sandoz 0.5mg, Walgreen switched me to Leading, same dosage. I tried it for 2 months with little results. Whereas Sandoz usually took effect within 15 minutes, Leading took 45 mins. to an hour to kick in, & just made me tired & depressed. I informed my doctor it wasn't working so I am starting Actavis by Watson today, as it seems it's the only other brand available in my city of over one million... hope this works. Will follow thru with an update in a few days. FYI: lorazepam by Actavis is manufactured by: Watson Pharma PVT LTD, Verna, Salcette Goa, 403 722 INDIA. The inactive ingredients are: LACTOSE, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, & polacrilin potassium.
Lorazepam by Sandoz was manufactured by: Actavis Pharma Manufacturing PVT LTD, SIDCO Pharmaceutical Complex, Alathur Dist. -603 101 Tamil Nadu, India FOR Sandoz. Lorazepam by Leading is manufactured by: Leading, Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 It tastes sugary and is a far cry from being anywhere close to being as effective as Sandoz. I asked both companies why they 'dicontinued' lorazepam and only Sandoz responded saying, "it was a business decisions." (Big help, right!!! ) Hope this info is useful & helps others clarify some of the questions & rumors going around about the different brands of generic lorazepam. Inhale slowly from your stomach, hold a few seconds, then exhale slowly and have a great day! Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.