I have been on seroquel for 16 yrs for bipolar. Now that there is a generic, my insurance wont pay for seroquel. Has anyone noticed a difference since they switched to the generic?
Any differences between seroquel vs quetiapine?
Question posted by sunni4me on 16 May 2014
Last updated on 26 June 2020
I was originally put on generic and have noticed many positive results in day to day activity and It helps me sleep. Although reading these answers I have noticed that I'm having intense nightmares. I havent thought much of it before but not I'm thinking it might be the generic.
For the past few years, my generic has been working, almost, as well as Seroquel. However, the last refill I received does not aid my insomnia at all. I’m going to see if my Pharmacy will trade them for a different manufacturer.
Yes more sad and cry easily. U can't tell me it's the same med ... generic and Seroquel XR, because it's not!
Yes I had to switch to generic because Blue Cross won't pay for it $1,000 for three months! I have been on it for about 15years and felt great since day one. Now I can't sleep, I am having nightmares, which I had before Seroque, and am more anxious during the day. The calm feeling has gone away. My doctor has written a letter to my insurance company so far no word.
I had to start taking Ambien generic so I can sleep but I still don't feel as well.
**What are the ingredients in quetiapine tablets?
Active ingredient: quetiapine fumarate
Inactive ingredients: dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, sodium starch glycolate and titanium dioxide. The 25 mg tablets contain iron oxide red and iron oxide black; and the 100 mg and 400 mg tablets contain only iron oxide yellow.**
**What are the ingredients in Seroquel?
Active ingredient: quetiapine fumarate
Inactive ingredients: povidone, dibasic dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide. The 25 mg tablets contain red and yellow ferric oxide. The 100 mg and 400 mg tablets contain only yellow ferric oxide.**
The only difference is in the inert ingredients (fillers).
People have also said that quetiapine fumarate is generic Seroquel XR. But I'm not sure don't hold me to that.
I notice the difference between the name brand Seroquel and the generic. The generic doesn't seem to work as well I assumed that they dissolve slower or the bioavailability isn't as high. Also notice that some bottles say quetiapine and quetiapine fumarate. Don't hold me to it but read where the one that says fumarite is quetiapine or Seroquel salts that eventually turn into quetiapine or Seroquel. If this is true it probably explains why it doesn't seem to work as well or fast.
My pharmacy tried to put me on the generic to save money, and saving money is not worth this. I got panic attacks and confusion like I hadn't had in years. I agree wholeheartedly that the sleep aid doesn't work in it. Stay on Seroquel XR if u possibly can.
(37 yr old male that's been on Seroquel since 2003 and the XR since about 2010)
I have always had a terrible painful reaction to seroquel generic. The name brand does not cause the painful aching side effect I get. I am unsure how to describe it other than my legs hurt to the point of tears and stretching them as far as possible relieves it for a few seconds , and it takes hours to go away.
It is limited to the generic, and my doctor said it is considered life threatening. She has notated this on the Rx and I no longer get any denials for the filling of the Rx. My doctor did tell me that generics are usually the same amounts of meidication, however there is a allowable percentage that can vary from the name brand to generic as well as different inert ingredients. So unlike most people believe in regard to generics, the law allows up to a 15 % variation. It could be that along with some other substance in the generic is causing the issue.
To me this is kind of frightening. I do know I have had different manufacturers of generics in other meds vary like night and day in effectiveness.
I have been on seroquel for 5 years, and the generic I tried during the 3rd month, and a few times over the next 3 years. Now I only take the name brand.
My mom takes serequil they just switched her to generic version I see a big difference in her. Not good. She doesn't sleep, having nightmares and way more anxious. She started these symptoms about 19 days into switching and they're getting worse. I'm seeing if anyone else has issues. Thanks.
they switched me for the same reason. the generic does not work for me as a sleep aid. much to my regret, it worked well for me when i was taking it.
I am also on quetapine and no diference noticed.
Hi, sunni! I had to switch to quetiapine also for insurance reasons. I've found no difference whatsoever ~ except my generic doesn't taste as bad!
Generics have the same medication, but different generics may have different fillers and many people have said they work differently.
If yours doesn't seem quite right ask your pharmacist to order another company's product. If yours works great, like mine, you can also ask the pharmacist to always stock that one.
Good luck! WCV
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