I occasionally take .5mg of Teva clonazepam for nerve pain. I find there is quite a lot of variation in the effectiveness of the tablets -- some work 100% well and some only 50-70%. I was wondering if this is due to it being a generic. Any thoughts?
Does generic clonazepam (Teva) work as well as brand Klonopin?
Question posted by PattyP11 on 14 July 2014
Last updated on 21 September 2022 (2 weeks ago) by TKMarsh711
I actually have to take the name brand of Klonopin. My insurance does not pay for it. I haven't tried the Teva brand since a few years ago when they changed it. Does it work well now? I may have to try it.
Teva is the closest
generic to Klonopin. Takes a little bit more to dissolve than Accord but nearly identical, been taking 1mg 4 times a day since 1998
Come on people! I am sick of hearing about generics being 20% less in strength. This is just simply NOT true! The chemical composition of the drugs have to be identical to the T (molecule for molecule). The only thing that varies from time to time is the bio-availability or how well your body absorbs the active ingredient, clonazepam! And it can vary from a small margin of about ~ 1% to 3%. I have confirmed this fact with multiple pharmacists whom I trust... A LOT!
The only people whose opinions really matter are the one's who are taking Klonopin for muscle spasms and seizures, or any other PHYSICAL reason. Not like me, who takes it for anxiety / mania.
They can tell you whether or not a generic company's drug is working better than we can because detecting physical changes day to day given the physical disease, it's much easier to see changes in prescription medication.
God I hope this helps! Stop reading about generics. What If one day you felt awful on Activas/Mylan/TEVA and asked for the Brand Name Roche? What if for the next month you felt as though you were NOW getting the correct drug and dosage??? And what if you went back to refill at the end of the month and the pharmacist looked at you and said, "You know, we weren't giving you Roche Brand name this past month! You were getting Mylan all along. It was all a test to see IF IT WAS IN YOUR MIND PLAYING TRICKS ON YOU"
Teva is one of the largest distributors of generic drugs in the US. It is an Israeli company whose corporate office is in Kansas. I am not sure if they contract out the making of their medication. However, I would start by reading the label and scouring the internet for information as I have done.
However, I do take clonazepam - the 1mg dose. This is prescribed by my doctor and is filled at the local pharmacy. I have noticed that the 1mg is not working; so I did some digging. I found out that my pills are from Accord Pharmaceuticals (on the label). Accord Pharmaceuticals is located in Durham, NC and buys clonazepam from Inlas Pharmaceutical LTD, which is located in Ahmedabad, India. So, that means that my generic Klonopin is made in India.
The funny part is that it is illegal for us to buy medicine from India but somehow the FDA has approved Accord Pharmaceuticals to allow them to import what they claim to be Clonazepam from India (of all places!)
I looked into buying the real Klonopin and it costs over $200 for one month. I want to know how Indian medication is being approved by the FDA!
It is my understanding that TEVA bought Actavis. TEVA stopped making their generic Klonopin (yellow pills) early this year and switched to selling the formulation by Actavis (pink pills) this summer. I have taken generic Klonopin for 15 years. TEVA has always worked best for me, and their new formula from Actavis also works well.
The generic that gives me problems is the one made by Accord (orange pills). They are completely useless for me. Unfortunately that was what CVS gave me when I picked up my RX last week. I wish pharmacies would let us know when they switch generics. It makes a huge difference with mental health meds. Not all generics are effective!
Yes absolutely. Month to month you can “request your pharmacy” refill only one kind of manufacturer..☀️Than talk to your Dr. if you need dose adjustment.
Been on Teva brand clonazepam for 8 years(4mg per day) for seizures. Per call to Teva, they bought out Activas and Teva said they are using Activas formula now. Just got Teva brand after they said they quit making it. It was a sugar pill, had a bad reaction. Weird from one month to the next of no problems then bad reaction. The lady at the CVS pharmacy showed me the medication before I got it. Looked like TEVA but had a reaction to it. 1st time that happened. Just because it looks the same doesn't mean it is the same. Had the same reaction to another brand Accord. This is playing with peoples lives. I take it for seizures. I know when it works and when it doesn't. I haven't had any side effects in the 8 years of taking Teva till now. Now the doctors dont want to give you something else you can take. Brand name from Genetech Roche I haven't tried. It costs over $300 who can afford that every month. I called them for financial aid. They said sorry we don't provide financial aid anymore. Imagine that.
Ive noticed recently that Accord brand are very strong and give me a hangover type feeling if I take the prescribed dose. I was able to cut back on my meds some so in a way it was a good thing. I always took Teva before which worked good but I never felt hungover or like I could cut back. Im curious if anyone had a good experience with Accord or if you noticed this too. Thanks for any reply.
So... no more TEVA as we all know...
So I went through a lot of hassle to get the brand name Klonopin... and low and behold had my first panic attack in years.
I literally don’t think I’ll evwr try the brand again. Although generics haven’t been great I’ll take them over a panic attack any day.
Hey everybody! Long time reader, first time poster.
I found this thread because I was wondering if I was going crazy - I have Mylan and TEVA brand clonazepam as well as Roche Klonopin. The Roche works the best for me (as to be expected - but only marginally, and DEFINITELY not worth the 20x price tag) but I've noticed that it usually takes about 2x my dose of the Mylan brand to feel the same affects as the TEVA brand.
I've never tried any other brand clonazepam and I'm nervous that I'll have adverse affects. My pharmacy opens in about an hour and I'll call them then and check what's going on with their stock.
I'm not sure anyone will really care, but as another data point I'll post my findings.
I hope everyone has an anxiety free day!
275northwestswell I wrote you a response and the administrators are not allowing it to be published. I don't know if I will be able to comment further on this thread. I don't believe what I'm stating is wrong (my reactions to this medication) in any way, shape or form. It's unfortunate comments are being restricted and deleted. I hope you are all well and getting through this difficult time. No word from my pharmacy on this new Teva clonazepam. I will try and see if this comment is allowed or will be deleted.
Actavis clonazepam is very good one of the best I’m glad it is available again.
I have the ODT form, and I was wondering why my tablet blisters looked different than last time, looked at the ingredients on the Par Pharmaceutical (new brand) site and was like nope, called pharmacy and they ordered from TEVA again, but from what I'm reading it seems like I'm going to be getting yet another new brand since they bought out Actavis or whatever it's called from what I've read in previous responses on this post. I'm sensitive to a lot of the sugar alcohols that they put in gum, so I really hope it has the same ingredients as the regular TEVA ones, which only had xylitol in it.
For those following this thread, I have been going back and forth between name brand and Solco generic since TEVA became unavailable. And it's rough, really rough. My body was used to the way it felt on the TEVA. I have higher energy, but a lot of anxiety on the Roche brand name. The Solco makes me feel drugged. Lose/lose situation.
Hopefully the new Teva will be out soon and be like the old TEva. I am not doing good :(
Will be starting magnesium and some other supplements as soon as they arrive from Amazon and hope it helps.
I started out in 2005 taking Klonopin brand; then was put on Mylan, then Teva - which I had been taking for the past several years. Teva is by far the best. Was taking that until my last refill when I was switched to Accord. Took it for two weeks and went through withdrawal, including mild seizures. Started with headache, progressed to nausea, insomnia, then numbness and tingling in legs; then a mini-seizure which made my right leg move involuntarily and my toes gnarled; and THEN I prayed for help and got an answer - purse. I remembered I had a very small stash of Teva for emergencies. Lowered my dose to save on the pills, got past the withdrawal symptoms immediately; now I'm out and desperately trying to find Teva. Everyone has Accord, which is useless - no benzos in it, I don't care what the pharmacists say - all generics of Klonopin are not alike.
I have found 9 pills at a grocery store pharmacy and I'm going to get them with a new prescription from my Dr... After that, who knows... I have put in a plea for help to Teva in Israel. I don't want to take those dratted Accord pills and go through what I've already been through. Scary, to say the least.
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