ALL generic versions contain the same active ingredient as the brand ~ with the exception of the stuff you buy online and then you never know what you're really getting. The only difference in bonafide generics is the fillers that may be used (lactose, methylcellulose, etc.) and very sensitive people may have reactions to them. Be aware that the first few weeks after starting an antidepressant you may experience side effects and an actual increase in anxiety/panic. It takes at least 4 ~ 6 weeks to feel the full benefits of the drug and at least 6 ~ 8 weeks to reach therapeutic blood levels. Let your doctor know about your concerns, but chances are you just need to give it a little more time.
6 Aug 2017
Hi englishsummerrain- I can not tell you that all generics have the same amount of active ingredients and or are the same in general. I am not a chemist. Many if not most all antidepressant meds can be traced to a foreign manufacturer and third world countries. In the US the FDA does not have the resources to test most of these meds. They are shipped to the US and dispensed to the pharmacies via the manufacturer on the label of the prescription med. One can only guess (or hope) that they have the same amount of the active ingredients and or what the inert fillers are. If they are time released their patent can never be exactly duplicated it is a life long patent. You can try a different manufacturer. Either way you will not know if it will work for you unless you stay with it for another 4 weeks. If it seems intolerable, talk to your doctor about your options. Hope you find something that will work for you.
7 Aug 2017
Hi englishsummerrain: These are very good answers and good food for thought from both WildcatVet and from Janie.. WildcatVet has stated all the documented information that is given to us about these medications. The authors of this information state that the generics are the "equivalent" of the brand names, even to the point that many of the generics are made by the same manufacturers of the brand names. On the other hand, as Janie has stated, the brand name manufacturers have a life-long patent on the time-release mechanisms of the time-released meds. Therein likes the problem for most of us, unfortunately.
Personally, I have taken multiple generics of many of the antidepressants (one, in particular), until I found the one that would work the best for me. My problem has mainly been the time-release mechanism being inferior to the brand meds. If it dumps too much at one time into your system, or not enough at other times, being inconsistent in releasing it into your blood stream, it can wreak havoc on a person's anxiety level, as well as periodic drowsiness, agitation, irritability, insomnia, etc, to name a few. At least that has been my experience. Not to be discouraging to the person who asked this question, but it is oftentimes a Hit-or-miss situation, to find the generic that can work best for your individual body chemistry. For an example, I took several generics of Wellbutrin XL and also of Wellbutrin SR. I had really bad reactions to some of them: carb cravings, increased appetite, insomnia, dizziness, drowsiness, agitation, irritability, extreme increased anxiety, stomach distress, constipation, etc etc etc. It was a lengthy process to find the one that worked the best for me. I guess part of the problem is when someone has taken brand name in the past, and because of insurance changes, have to go to a generic after many years, as was my case. Then it becomes really difficult to try to duplicate the relief that I was getting from my brand name antidepressant. With so many generics on the market, it is sometimes necessary to try a few before finding the right fit for you. But it's possible the first one will work for you. It takes at least 4 weeks to find out if one is going to be effective. So it takes time and patience.
30 Oct 2019
When lexapro went generic i had issues with side effects from all generics, mainly feeling weird. I want to try again and the brand u tried is something i never did so thnks for posting that. My doctor says that it can take months to build up for depression. It really never helped me with anxiety at all and at times made it worse. Have u tried Ativan which is a benzodiazepine?