Read all about FDA regulations for generic medications:
"A generic drug is the same as a brand name drug in dosage, safety, strength, how it is taken, quality, performance, and intended use. Before approving a generic drug product, FDA requires many rigorous tests and procedures to assure that the generic drug can be substituted for the brand name drug. The FDA bases evaluations of substitutability, or "therapeutic equivalence," of generic drugs on scientific evaluations. By law, a generic drug product must contain the identical amounts of the same active ingredient(s) as the brand name product. Drug products evaluated as "therapeutically equivalent" can be expected to have equal effect and no difference when substituted for the brand name product."
It's been over a year since I talked to her about it, but the doctor who prescribed me the Effexor XR (150MG) specifically told me NOT to use the generic form of the drug.
She mentioned some issues had been reported - that it didn't seem to be performing quite the same or as consistently as the name brand. I didn't ask for specifics at the time as she's always been pretty up to date on the various meds.
Again, it's been over a year, but I would probably opt for more research in order to make a more informed decision on this one.
- Effexor XR Information for Consumers
- Effexor XR Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor XR (detailed)
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