I was switched to Teva clonazepam 0.5mg in 2017 and it worked OK and it was close to Sandoz (best), now it is no longer available. I am now on Actavis which seems to have a shorter duration. I'm in CA, USA. Does,anyone know what is going on with clonazepam generic drugs?
My clients take Teva Clonazepam for ages without too much problems. When they had been switched to Actavis Clonazepam, they started to have headache, dizziness, weight gain complaints. I don't have the whole picture of all of the generic manufacturers of this Rx, but Mylan had been discontinued by the FDA in this May. As to all of the changes of generic manufacturers, there are quite some number of changes of manufacturers lately that I am losing track of.
They are all sugar pills with a different formula. Forcing people to get off benzos... Teva brand clonazepam for 8 years(4mg per day) for seizures. Per call to Teva, they bought out Activas and Teva said they are using Activas formula now. So No, Just got Teva brand after they said they quit making it. It was a sugar pill, had a bad reaction. Weird from one month to the next of no problems then bad reaction. The lady at the CVS pharmacy showed me the medication (said TEVA greed pill 833) before I got it. Looked like TEVA but had a bad reaction to it. 1st time that happened in over 8 years. Just because it looks the same doesn't mean it is the same. Had the same reaction to another brand Accord. Somethings up.
So I just switched from Xanax 2mg 3x a day to clonazepam 2mg 3x day. Alprazolam had to short of half-life and was experiencing interdose withdrawal. Clonazepam so much better. I used to get Teva, which we all know is no longer available, so last time I got Actavis which worked great. I wanted to try Sandoz but couldn’t find it, all I could find was NorthStar. Sandoz and Northstar have the same identical imprint E65, so I dug a little deeper, Northstar is made by Sandoz for Northstar. You can read it on any of the packaging. It was weird because there were hardly any reviews at all on Northstar, I read one bad one but the same person praized Sandoz. So now know Northstar is Sandoz, with same markings and all, just distributed by Northstar. And they have been working great.
I am also a CA resident and I belong to Kaiser Perm. This is where I get my so-called pharmaceuticals. I say so-called because I am not happy with their clonazepam shortage. I say shortage, because in my experiences due to their changes in generic Klonopin they have adopted a brand I am not familiar with nor have any interest in. Accord Health is slightly better than a sugar pill. I regret to say the whole hospital is dispensing it. Before, they were using Teva USA. Not Tava/Activas another disappointment.
You raise a good question: what the F... is going on with generic pins. It is noteworthy to mention that Kaiser once had Sandoz available upon request. I was getting 1mg. for several years provided I made it 100 percent clear that this was what I wanted - ONLY. Why? Simply because Sandoz proved to be the real deal in which I could actually feel take affect. How about that! Notice I said could FEEL. Even after many years probably due to the fact I did not over due the dosage. I stuck to two milligrams like a good patient should. Even a single dose would be enough since Sandoz is a winner in my drug vocabulary. Why they folded, for the most part is beyond me. So if anyone knows why Sandoz is no longer readily around please let us know? I suppose I could find out on line but the Teva I have to special ordered has made me lazy.
A fellow Sandozian
All generic medications contain the same active ingredient(s) as the brand names; the difference may be in the fillers, binders, and coloring agents which can sometimes impede absorption in certain people.
If you find a manufacturer's formulation that works well for you ask the pharmacy to special order it.
Almost all pharmacies will be happy to comply. You may have to pay a few pennies more for it but if it works for you it's worth it.
Teva brought back their original formula as of Sept 2019. Ask your pharmacist to order it for you. I was on Sandoz for yrs and Teva is not working well for me at all. I wish Sandoz would bring theirs back as well. :(
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