I've always received pills with Azra on them. And for months I was always charged the name brands price. Then later I started noticing the name methylphenidate on my prescription bottle. When I asked about it I was told that was the generic pill; yet the pill inside was the exact same. So then I questioned another pharmacy; i was told the generic pill and the name brand were the exact same pill. Then ANOTHER pharmacy told me they stopped selling the name brand pill; they only sell the generic. And again it is the same pill. All the pharmacies are CVS just different locations. So just recently they started charging me a cheaper price. I'm guessing the generic price, but still it is the same pill. Please, someone tell me what brand is generic and which is the name brand or if they are in fact the same.
I am guessing the pills you were taking were actually Concerta https://www.drugs.com/imprints.php?action=search&drugname=Concerta.
They come in four different strengths - all imprinted "alza" so you should be able to identify your pill by clicking the link above.
Concerta is a brand name of Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets available in 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg dosage strengths.
It went generic in December 2012. The generic pills have the exact same appearance as the brand. So you're right - the only thing that should have changed is the name on the label - and the price :)
- Methylphenidate Information for Consumers
- Methylphenidate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methylphenidate (detailed)
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