... LUSTRAL (Sertraline) the original their Generics their Samples ect Generics and Samples they have the same benefits? i mean the active ingredient is the same in all? Please i just want to know the truth straight away i just want to clear this doubt thats all Thanks for your help
Zoloft - Hi I am new here I would like to ask this question because I was never clear about this so?
- 18 Aug 2016 by PTSD79
- 25 August 2016
- zoloft, post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, sertraline, anxiety and stress, generic, electroconvulsive therapy, ingredient
hi PTSD79... my name is Dani and i am not a doctor or pharmacist, or any other kind of HCP (health care professional) in short, but saw your question and felt your state of mind. i took Zoloft for several years and had great success with it - however this was quite a ways back and I know for certain i only ever had the brand name, as the generic versions weren't FDA approved until 2006. However, my father, who is 74 years old and has suffered with depression all of his adult life, has been taking multiple generic versions of Zoloft for the last 7 years and it has been a Godsend to him. I wish he had it available to him years ago - it would have made a significant impact on mine and my siblings childhood.
We always thought his obsessive-compulsiveness, anger (very much inverted depression in his case) would fade as he aged and he would just naturally "mellow out", but it became apparent this was not going to be the case and my mother spoke with my father & his primary care physician who put him on Zoloft - and the rest, as they say, is history.
I know first hand from my own medication experiences that the FDA and Pharmaceutical companies (i worked for a drug manufacturer for over 5 years) can say all they like that the generics are the same drug as the brandname, but this just isn't the case. Even in the best case scenario, the active ingredients of the medication are exactly the same, but there is a small ratio of "wiggle room", and depending on which inactive ingredient fillers are used, the side effects of the generic medication seem to vary greatly with people and it sort of makes it null and void for the active ingredients to be identical. In my opinion, they need to go the extra few feet distance and mimic the brandname medication to the "T"!! The difference this would make in countless lives is simply unreal. I do not know your insurance circumstances, but if you are in a position to do so, I would definitely ask your prescribing physician or nurse practitioner to specify getting the brand name ONLY and permitting zero substitutions. Call your pharmacy ahead of time to make sure they carry the brand name in stock. the brand name is still being manufactured so hopefully this will be a smooth transition. I truly hope you will be able to experience the brand name Zoloft. It makes me feel awful when i know people are suffering needlessly all because of having to take a generic version instead of the original trade drug. Best of luck to you - and if for whatever reasons this does not work out for you in a satisfactory way, you know you always have the option to ask for samples for something else to try. I myself am at a point where i am getting sick of playing the trial and error game, however I can say this much with certainty - i am taking several different meds for several different things, and i am finally in a position to be taking almost 100% brand name versions of all of my meds but for ONE - and I am currently weaning off of it because it adds nothing to the overall mix.
This is one of those things that really just depends on the person. In terms of zoloft and other antidepressants, I know people that have responded better to name brand, and others that have had better experiences with generics. Generics legally have to include the same active ingredient as the brand name drug, although by FDA regulations, they only have to have a certain percentage. There is always the chance that the generic will have less of the active ingredient than the brand name. Sometimes, your doctor can work with you on that and prescribe a higher dose of a generic to try and match the amount of the active ingredient that the brand name would have, but again, it really all depends. Also, the generics typically have varying fillers and inactive ingredients. For some people, this doesn't make much of a difference, but for others, it does.
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