I take Ativan every day because I have huge amounts of anxiety. My doctor does not like prescribing it and is always trying to lower the dose or amount of pills. That's fine. The latest batch is marked ATIVAN on the prescription lable but the pills are a different size, no identifying marks, tastes different but mostly I do not notice any effect. I didn't notice the difference in the pills until I started noticing the lack of feeling better after taking them. I've taken two at a time and no difference. If I took two at a time a month ago, I would be sound asleep within an hour. I normally take 1/2 once per day.
Is it legal for a doctor to order a placebo of medication I take monthly?
Question posted by wagabu on 11 Jan 2017
Last updated on 15 May 2018
I agree totally with Meggie. It's becoming a common problem with generics.
No they cannot give you placebos without it being written on the bottle.
I don't even think they do placebos anymore. The new trend is to be honest with patients and deal with it from there.
I haven't given a placebo in 25 years. I really think it's a thing of the past.
If anyone knows differently, please add your thoughts.
Chances are, your pharmacy purchased a generic from a different manufacturer, and it is working differently for you in your body than the other one did. If you can find the old bottle for the one that did work for you, take a look at the name of the manufacturer on the label - or give the pharmacist the color, letters, etc., and they'll be able to figure it out for you... then ask them to place an order for you from that pharmaceutical company instead.
I take a migraine medicine that only works for me if I take one specific manufacturer, and so my pharmacy purchases enough to fill my prescription every month, but they give a different brand to everyone else. I've taken that brand, and it's as good as swallowing a sugar pill.
Just something to consider - I hope this helps!
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