I have been taking 75 mg daily Effexor XR I am feeling great. Doctor renewed prescript and wrote it for Generic (93 7385 ) Do Brand name and Generic Effexor work on the same ??
Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) and Effexor XR are prescription medications that have been licensed to treat depression in adults. Effexor XR is also licensed to treat generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and social anxiety disorder. Both medications are manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and both are available in generic form.
Short acting generic Effexor tablets are made by various companies (such as Teva Pharmaceuticals and Mylan Pharmaceuticals) and are available in the following strengths:
Venlafaxine 25 mg
Venlafaxine 37.5 mg
Venlafaxine 50 mg
Venlafaxine 75 mg
Venlafaxine 100 mg.
Generic long-acting Effexor XR capsules are currently made by Teva Pharmaceuticals and are available in the following strengths:
Venlafaxine XR 37.5 mg capsules
Venlafaxine XR 75 mg capsules
Venlafaxine XR 150 mg capsules.
Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp also makes long acting versions of the following strengths
Venlafaxine ER 37.5 mg
Venlafaxine ER 75 mg
Venlafaxine ER 150 mg
Venlafaxine ER 225 mg.
The long-acting venlafaxine ER tablets are technically not a generic version of Effexor XR. Thus, they are not interchangeable with Effexor XR (or generic Effexor XR) capsules.
Venlafaxine XR (Teva ) has been assigned an "AB" rating by the FDA meaning it should be equivalent to Effexor XR .
The Teva generic Venlafaxine XR 75mg should be as good as Effexor XR 75mg.
Check that you have been given the Teva generic.
Suzanne has given you enough information, info on brands and generics; there is no difference in a branded med & generic, once the brand/molecule come off patent it is then allowed/permitted to be manufactured by number of companies, so in case of brand Effexor the generic would have no difference at all.
I have just switched from brand to generic effexor. I am sweating like crazy. The sweating coincides with the switch to generic. There is no way I can keep taking the generic, it's almost October. I cannot bear to think of what May next year will be like in the NY heat. That's the only thing I feel is different, the sweating. I am sure they are the same formulas but I am guessing the time release of the generic is a lot faster.
GENERICS CAN BE DIFFERENT -- from the brand name and from each other, in two important ways. First, as others have mentioned they can have DIFFERENT BINDERS. People may react to the binders, and especially with extended release, different binders can give different releasing times. Teva extended release welbutrin was so different from the brand in it's timing that many health plans dropped it. Second, AMOUNTS OF ACTIVE INGREDIENT CAN BE DIFFERENT. Check with FDA regulations or those in your country if not USA -- on many medications there is a 20% variability that is considered the "same." Not if you're taking it! True, some generics work just as well as brand; some even work better for some people -- but those who say they are the same are not well informed.
The generic Effexor is pure garbage. It actually made me worse. Soon as I switched to brand zero side effects.
Yes for most people I started on brand name when it came out and was switched to generic by the pharmacy due to my Insurance and have had no problems at all. The only difference in generic and brand is the binders or inert ingredients which most people do not have problems with the Newest FDA should be read on the FDA site. the newest that both brand and generic have to meet is there can not be more than 3..5 to 4% difference in drug and that is the same standard for brand names and they have gone so far as when testing generic drugs to brand is test patients the blood was drawn at all different hours of the day and it had to match the same level of drug as the brand. any of you that want go to the fda web site and read all of this yourself. Now if we could just get them to have to release exact binders.But some well never be happy about the genetics and that is okay if they want to pay the brand price.
And there is a rare occasions that someone may have a problem with a binder in a generic But also the mind is very powerful and you can make up your mind even before you take it. But that does not mean the drug is not as effective.SO IT IS THE SAME STANDARDS NOW FOR BRAND NAME AND GENERIC DRUGS as far as the sweating did you just start this medication or have you been on it for some time. Because that would make a lot of difference if it continues talk to your doctor this could just be one you can't take and need something else. Chuck1957 Merry Christmas to all of you or happy Holidays and may there be a cure for all of this someday. CHUCK.
NO, the brand name and generic products are most definitely NOT the same!
I started out taking the generic brand for about 3 mnths--the side effects were horrible, including intense bouts of sweating (night sweats were the worst), headaches, and extreme fatigue. I started taking the name brand when I stumbled upon a coupon directly from the manufacturer that made my out of pocket cost $4/mnth. Within about 2 weeks or so of taking the brand new, I felt amazing--better than I have ever felt in my life-- and my only side effect was a headache that lasted for about a week while my body got used to the Effexor brand drug.
About 4 weeks ago, I got stuck with the generic again when my pharmacy ran out of the name brand. The last 4 weeks have been awful! I have been sweaty, had headaches, been exhausted, and feel like I'm in a daze or fog. When I asked my doctor about it, he was adamant that the generic CAN and DOES usually differ from the name brand in multiple ways. including the actual amount of the active ingredient in the pill. I thought I was just weird, but he confirmed that it was definitely likely and has been commonly reported.
He wrote my new script for DAW-dispense as written, so no generics can be subbed in place of the name brand. I started the brand name tonight and definitely have the small headache again but already feel more alive. The short lived headache is so worth it to feel like I used to!
On a side note, google Effexor ER and visit the manufacturer's website. They have a choice card you can have emailed to you that provides for $30 or $4 per mnth prices on name brand prescriptions, depending on whether or not you have insurance. They also have a program that some people with lower income and medical needs may be eligible for to help cover the cost of the meds. The choice card has made it possible for me to take the brand name drug, and I'm so truly grateful for both!
I'm 71 years old with a prostate problem. The generic xr almost stopped me from urinating and this was the 1st time I tried Venlafaxine and took a full day to get out of my system. So you guys out there that may have a prostate issue, BEWARE, you may have your urinary system shut down.
I have been taking the generic for almost a year now and it seems to have worked wonderfully. However, my doctor lowered the dosage, and changed to XR, and prescribed the brand for me and now, being uninsured, I cannot afford it. My Dr. suggested I go to EffexorXR.com to see if they are one of the drug companies who help. They are!! On the main page for the site, I signed up for their "help card" and now pay $30 a month because I am uninsured, but if I had insurance I could only be paying $4 a month depending on the insurance company. If cost is one of the main reasons your Dr. switched you to generic... try this out!!! I am happier than a puppy in a 'treat' factory!!! I take 3 pills a day and was paying... with a prescription discount card... almost $600 for 3 months. Now it is $90. This is something you MUST try out right away!!! And no... I am not a spokesman for the company... I am an auditor for a hotel. I just HAD to pass this along to others in a sinking boat as I was!!!
The pharmacy has to put it through without insurance or it won't come out to the 30. CVS put it through my insurance and because the insurance companies negotiate a discount it came to 118.00. When she didn't use it with insurance then it was only 30.00. It says it right on the coupon but many pharmacist don't read it and put it through insurance. Hope this helps. I just started Effexor xr brand and in 2 weeks can feel positive effects. Have some insomnia and jitters but doc says will all go away once my body is used to it.
I googled this question because I too have found dramatic differences between manufacturers’ formulations. It either works beautifully, and I feel good, or it doesn’t work at all and I feel like crap. 180 degree difference.
For me Teva 75 mg XR is perfect.
Current product is made by Torrent, makes me feel worse than baseline. Both are generics, but for me one generic works and one doesn’t.
Hoping my psychiatrist can get this fixed with the insurance company.
I just switched from Effexor XR to generic Venlafaxine (to eliminate the need for a drug formulary exemption from my insurance company and then having the prescription filled with the Effexor XR Savings Card used as secondary insurance) and so far I do not notice a difference. I get it from Walgreens and it is made by Aurobindo. They have apparently been making it since 2011 and is one of maybe ten companies currently making the generic.
Whether the generic you are taking is "as good" as the brand name differs substantially between manufacturers and between individuals. The active molecule may be identical, but the ratio to binder can vary, as can the type of binder, the type of capsule, and the absolute active amount. Even in people taking the exact same capsule, reactions very widely, so no surprise that taking even a slightly different formulation can change response. We also don't know EXACTLY the mechanism involved within the brain. This is all true of any psychotropic medication. For venlafaxine specifically, Teva seems to be the more reliable replacement for Effexor XR. For me personally, Aurobindo is disastrous. I have a mild allergic response, plus the amount of active compound is reduced enough to cause withdrawal symptoms (in the same dose). Other people prefer other generics or need the brand name. You really have to advocate (aka, be a screaming PITA) for yourself to get the meds you need.
Ok, I was vomiting last night after attempting again to switch to generic. It’s not even close to the same.
Generic brands ARE NOT exactly the same as the reg. brand. For EffexorXR, I had horrible effects when our pharmacy switched the generic brand. My wonderful MD took TIME to try to figure out what was going on. It seems there is one filler in many off brands that actually stops the medication from being allowed to be utilized in many people. I actually was nearly passing out from the switch, and the pharmacist would not help me.
I now have a list of brand names that I can take in my file, but today picked up my prescription and low and behold, they filled it with one I cannot take.
The main ingredient may be the same, but the fillers and material the capsules are made of are inferior - some capsules begin to dissolve in my mouth before I swallow them!. So, if you are having various reactions, have your physician research what the fillers are- you may be allergic to them, or they are stopping the effectiveness FOR YOU.
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