I have been getting valacyclovir hcl 500mg which is a generic of valtrex, its a blue tablet with a v.5 on one side and the actavis imprint on the other. It has worked just fine, I just picked up my refill and it's a white tablet with m122. I've never taken this brand before nor have I seen it. I work as a pharmacy tech but stay loyal to my community pharmacy. I assume my community pharmacy got this brand for a cheaper cost but will it be just as effective as the actavis brand? I take 1 tablet daily to prevent cold sores and I'm about to take a trip and I don't want any surprises.
Valtrex - is the generic just as effective as the name brand?
Question posted by thank goodnesa on 24 April 2013
Last updated on 30 April 2013
My doctor put "brand name" and the mail order pharmacy contacted the doctor to ask if they wanted the generic instead to save me (a lot of) money. Unfortunately, that time the assistant did not check with me before approving the generic and that was how I got on the ineffective generic the first time (the M122, I think, which was a colossal failure--multiple outbreaks in less than 2 months). The doctor switched me back to the brand name and magically I had perfect repression again. When the insurance company switched mail order providers, I tried the generic again and was given Teva brand. Teva generic brand seems equally effective as the brand name--perfect repression on Teva. My previous post talked about my experience. Perhaps your doctor approved the generic as a cost savings to you without your active consent.
you should of asked or call pharmacy & ask them why they filled the generic brand. When a rx is filled by Dr, there's a box on bottom left side states something along the line that the rx should be filled using gernatic brand, so it may be the Dr wrote the rx that way, or the pharmacy tech filled it cause of the cheaper cost for you. If you'd prefer blue tablets let me pharmacy know for future refills to make note on your profile your prefence.
I have only taken blue tablets, they work wonders for me. Some times rx that are genaric have more fillers in them,which I find work less effective & at times more side effects.
I was curious to know does your Dr know you take it daily? What does your Dr prescribe it for? Do you take it every month?? I've read that long term use of this isn't recommended as it's works best 48 hrs.
If I were you, and had the money to get Valtrex, I would buy it.
I have teken generic medications and from my experience brand names work a lot better than generics (for me), for example Fluoxetine which is the generic for Prozac, I mean there is no comparison, prozac is a lot more expensive, but one is investing that money in oneself to get better.
At the end of the day it comes down to money, so if you can afford it I suggest you buy Valtrex, with all due respect to people who take generics.
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