I feel great everytime i start off on an antidepressant, than once i get the second perscription at the pharmacy it seems to fall off... Ive been looking at the bottles and most of my perscriptions have come in as generic and im at the end of having faith in antidepressants for my depression. Any ideas or comments would be highly appreciated.
Generic and brand name antidepressants contain the same active ingredients. While generic has to be within a range of the actual milligrams of the medication you shouldn't really notice a difference between the two. Maybe you need an increase in dosage at the one month mark. Many times antidepressants are started at lower dosages and then titrated up to therapeutic level.
Hi I've been on venlafaxine for 3 years now and they have definitely helped me come out of the black hole I was in but I noticed that some months they just seemed to have no effect at all. I'd start to feel awful again and also suffer some of the side effects you'd get if you just suddenly came off them without tapering down first. I was tearful,constant brain zaps (hate them) and felt as though I was back to square one again. I tried to figure out why this was happening.
When eventually it hit me that it was only when the pharmacy had given me the generic brand and not Effexor. I asked my Doctor and pharmacist if it was possible this had been causing it. They told me that it wouldn't be that as they're the exact same pills.When I was given Effexor the following month and felt fine,was back to myself and able to cope. I became convinced I had been right. So I looked it up online and found loads of people who are on venlafaxine saying identical same thing. That they felt awful and that they weren't doing them any good when they'd been given the generic. Most had gotten same response from their Doctor as I had. I just thought to myself,we are taking the same pills and saying same thing whereas probably a good chance my Doctor hasn't actually been on venlafaxine. So who'd be better placed to know how they affect us?
Anyway I went to my pharmacist and was a bit upset as I was sick of being ok for 2 months but awful for next two depending on which brand I'd been given. Thankfully she took pity and agreed to put on file that I was always to be given Effexor rather than generic and I've honestly been fine ever since and they keep my mood stable. Sorry to have went on so long but I'm 100% the generic does not work as well as Effexor. If you do get Effexor after generic it might take a couple of weeks for the new brand to get in to your system properly so give it time. Best of luck x
I would tend to agree with Elaine. I am on generic Zoloft (sertraline) and I feel that it works but not as well as the main brand. In the past I have had some side effects that I never encountered while I was on the main brand. I asked my doctor to give me a prescription for the original but the problem was that it was way too expensive. $150 vs. $20 per month. So I have elected to stay on the generic brand. I believe that a lot of the generics aren't manufactured with the same quality as the main brands. This is something that needs to be taken into consideration and hopefully addressed in the near future.
tomschar166 These are all good answers have you talked to your doctor about this. It could just be you need the doctor to up the dose prior to a month and see how it works because most the time they start on a lower dose to lesson the side effects But remember you have to work with the doctor on this. It would not be the generic vs brand it is the same only the binders in the meds are different but the active medication is the same. Also, many of us have also been through this where we have to try many different medications before we hit the one that is best for us or maybe a couple. Stick with it no reason to suffer with what they can do now..Please have a great weekend and see your doctor soon and talk about this. Chuck1957
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