I started taking brand name Effexor XR 150mg 5 years ago. About 2 years ago, the insurance company switched me to Aurobindo's version of venlafaxine ER at 150mg. I didn't have any side effects. Roughly 2 months ago, the pharmacy switched me to Teva's version of venlafaxine ER at 150mg. I started feeling panicky and depressed; I was also sweating like crazy. My doctor raised my dose to 300 mg. My mood hasn't picked up and I've been seeing a psychologist. I believe I'm making some progress, but I'm starting to think the change to Teva brand has really messed me up. Has anyone had this experience with generic effexor?
It is entirely possible that there is something in the inactive ingredients that is causing it not to absorb as well. Insurance companies don't usually say what manufacturer you use. Talk to the doc, get his backing to ask whomever you need to ask to get you the one that worked for you.
Hello yegshimesh. You are correct .Generics and non generics do differ. Among generics themselves there can be a noteable difference. For example, a colour of a pill amongst two generics alone can mean a difference, as in reaction to the person taking the drug. A persons chemical make up most always determines how one will react to a generic vs non-generic, or a generic vs a generic. Regards pledge
Yes I too felt like you on generic Effxor XR. I asked my doctor to switch me back to the brand name Effexor XR, and all was well. I do not believe the generic is the same, or we would not get these feelings that the depression had come back. I have read of other people who have felt the same.
My doctor told me there was little difference in cost (I live in UK so may be different if you are in another country). Ask to go back on the brand Effexor and insist as I did.
I have had the same experience with this. The pharmacist and doctor usually act like I am just over reacting. There is a difference in these meds from different manufacturers. Don't let them tell you any different. I never check the manufacturer until I notice the meds are not working and that's when I find out they went to a cheaper manufacturer.
When I stopped using the brand name Effexor, I got a notice that I could get the brand name for just $4.00, through insurance of course. Then after being on Pristiq for over a year, the upgraded version of Effexor, I got another notice in the mail for the $4.00 cost just recently. You might check into that, but you will need the doctor to write it for the Effexor brand.
I've been taking venlafaxine for years and have recently gone up is dosage. I was feeling really good, but when the pharamacy couldn't get the drug from one of the manufacturers they use they ordered it from a different one. I would notice that the pills would be different colors every other month and didn't think anything of it until this last time. My recent prescription came from Teva and I also have experienced sweating and don't feel as good as I did. The manufacturer they couldn't get it from was Aurodindo.
OH MY GOD! I finally found someone with the same situation! The Brand name Effexor XR is manufactured by phillser company. the FDA allows 5% difference between Brand name and genetric! you see Ive been doing alot of work. I had tried all the genetrics to no aval, except for 1 genetric manufactured by an India Company, named AUROBINDO. I still sweat, but not as bad. My OB/GYN & I thought it was HOT FLASHES due to my age. WRONG, it is the GENETRIC Of EFFEXOR XR! I even contacted the co. They cant sell direct to me,and I dont qualify for their discount program. Maybe you can, just call them!
I've been taking Effexor for over seven years and used at least that many different generics. I found no difference between the brand and the generics or between the different generics. No side effects and extremely good efficacy.
I too had taken the brand name for years when my employer switched insurance companies. I "failed" the generic, which was Teva.
I started to feel depressed and anxious again and have been looking for a replacement as I cannot afford $600 a month for the name brand. I am curious if the other generic, Aurobindo, would work better.
Yes, this has happened to me - CVS was giving me Teva's venlafaxine ER then switched me to the Zydus version. I reacted immediately (within two weeks) to the changed manufacturer - I was arguing with everyone and very uneasy (panic and sadness). I complained to the pharmacist, who found the Teva version for me and I was back to "normal". BUT, CVS did the same thing upon my next refill - gave me the Zydus again. I'm reporting this to the FDA.
Teva did not work for me either. Ask your pharmacy if they will stock the generic that works for you. If they are not willing to do it, switch to a pharmacy that will
I would just like to state here that having been on antidepressants now for almost 20 years, that I really really do wish that I had never started with the dam things. I wish I had known then when I first started on them what I know now. I have recently read from reputable sources that antidepressants actually alter the STRUCTURE of the brain.
I am currently trying to come off of Effexor XL now for the third time, as they have never been of any help to me, and I have also recently read that they cause chronic depression. This time however I told my doctor that I wished to take it much slower than the recommended time to come off and I have also suggested that I use prozac as an additional help/bridge to ease the withdrawal effects. The doctor agreed but wasn't enthusiastic about the prozac, I had told the doctor that another doctor had suggested this way which is true.
The doctor didn't say for how long I was to take the prozac or how or when to start to wean off of it, and I forgot to ask so now I am going to have to find out for myself online.
Everyone is different, I just want to share my experience with antidepressants and to say again that I really do wish that I had never started them, that they have never helped me in any way at all, and to some extent exacerbated the depression.
It is well known within the medical community that Effexor is sooooooooooo difficult to come off of so please please be very careful!
I know this is old but still wanted to add my experience. There's apparently a backorder with a lot of Effexor out there I was switched from Aurobindo to teva. Night sweats gone, anxiety feeling gone, I had one Aurobindo capsule I took last night and both feelings came back. I called the pharmacy and while she said she can't guarantee it she'd put a note in the system. Going to see if my doctor will write "Teva only" on my script next time. I'm crazy sensitive to generic changes.
I had the same thing happen! I was on the generic version by Zydus which worked for me, then when I switched pharmacies they gave me Aurobindo which was causing awful hot flashes and depressed panicky feelings as well as fatigue. I asked to try switching back and the hot flashes are gone and I’m feeling 100 percent better after just two days! My pharmacist confirmed that different pills absorb differently. Try a different generic - they aren’t all the same. If your doctor or pharmacist don’t take that seriously I would switch!
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