... VERY different in many unpleasant ways. Is anyone else having these problems? The generic I have used is made by Breckenridge Pharma - maybe other ones are better?
Hello khollander. Not unusual. Many users of the various drug families going from non generic to a generic brand find that given any drug in question, respond accordingly. The color of the pill/capsule, is one example. The addition of one ingredient, say a 1/2% more or less, is enough for the person taking the particular drug, to have a negative reaction. Some people do well on generics, others do not. Regards pledge
I am having the same problems after my health care provider (BC/BS) automatically switched me to the generic after 15 years of relief with Maxalt. I find that I get super dizzy and feel mentally muddled about an hour after taking the pill. I must sit down for at least 2 hours. Forget about driving or even walking. This never happened with Maxalt, so I didn't relate it to the new pill until the third time I took it. I've tried breaking it in half, which prevents the dizziness but doesn't get rid of the headache. I'm getting ready to ask my doctor to go back to Maxalt, but it's lots more expensive so I'm not sure if insurance will cover it. I'd love to hear other experiences or solutions.
Yes, this is a very unsuitable replacement, in many ways. It burns when I put it under my tongue; it is salty; it is grainy; it doesn't fully dissolve, instead it just sits there in a nasty burning lump under the tongue; the pill is much thicker than Maxalt; the packaging is a pain to open when you are having a migraine. I asked my pharmacy to find a different provider. I now use Glenmark Generics Inc. Theirs is marginally better. All of these are manufactured in India. I don't know if there is any quality control testing at all, but it doesn't appear so. Very disappointing after having Maxalt, which always worked for me. I had to really think about whether curing my migraine was worth the yuk factor of taking Breckenridge's rizatriptan.
I am also having trouble with the generics. My first replacement was manufacturerd by Breck. While packaged individually. They melted in the blister also the backing is too thick (after removing the peel off paper backing) to pop one through the blister without destroying the tablet. I next tried one from mylan mfg which were not individually packaged and do not melt. Technically it was chewable and took MUCH longer to work. I got a list of manufacturers and will try them all to find out which one works best. These are the rest of the manufacturers my pharmacy could find:aurobindo, par, sandoz, apotex, and glenmark. Please reply if you tried from any of these manufacturers. There's got to be one that is closest to maxalt in packaging. Thank you all for your input.
The first time I filled a prescription for Rizatriptan, I got the generic from Aurobindo Pharma. The first time I tried it, I told everyone that I loved this medication so much I wanted to marry it. The little tablets dissolved quickly, and the flavor was mostly minty with just a hint of icky medicine. Not unpleasant at all. My only complaint was that the packaging was a bi*** to open, but once I got to the pill, I loved it.
The next time I filled it, I got Glenmark Generics. What a horrible change! The pills don't dissolve completely, they taste HORRIBLE(not good when your migraine makes you want to puke), and I just did not get the same level of relief as I did from the Aurobindo pills. Glenmark is definitely not a win.
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