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 EFFOXOR 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 OBGYN & 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!
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