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A place to post your experiences with Generic vs Brand.

chardana Posted:- Have any of you noticed a difference in how you feel while taking generic prozac vs. the brand name?

Insanity replied:- I may be mistaken but i think they have to be exactlly the same ingredients by law. Researched some things about brand name vs. generic. Though they are the exact same ingredients as they have to pass certain government regulations in order to go on the market. It's how these ingredients are put together that makes the difference. I personally don't feel a difference. but it makes sense that it may affect many people different.

sunfire replied:- Sarafem has the exact same ingredients as Prozac does.

Sarafem is exactally the same thing as Prozac. The patent on prozac has run out , so generics are now being produced. So this is a marketing technique for the company. Here is the web site for sarafem.www.sarafem.com

Insanity replied:- PROZAC is the brand name for a medication called FLUOXTINE , the patent for Prozac has expired allowing other manufacturers to start making and selling cheaper generic versions.

The active ingredients is absolutely the same, though some of the non-active fillers can differ. Since the Prozac was allowed to go generic, the original Prozac company started marketing their new creation Prozac Weekly, because they knew they would lose sales on their original Prozac because of the cheaper generic versions. If you truely believe the generic version is not "doing it" for you, have your doctor say no substitutions allowed on your script.

Dekka Posted:- Since Prozac was deregulated in a sense, other non brand (generic) names such as Sarafem have come onto the market, is there any more generic brands such as Sarafem out there?

Prozac I believe did introduce its Prozac Weekly medication, do you know if they continued with this?

Is Fluoxtine & Prozac one in the same?

Catwomans reply:- Sarafem is actually considered "name-brand" because Lily produces it; it just so happens to be Prozac in a different package.

I think that Lily came up with this because it was known that their patent on Prozac was coming up, which is also why they invented this "weekly Prozac" as well. Which to my knowlege is still available.

Fluoxtine is the generic name for Prozac.

Artistic Girls reply:- As far I know, Eli Lily has been getting a bit of flack for this, as each is the SAME exact drug (Sarafem & Prozac). I think that Sarafem is still prescribed, but I am pretty sure that Prozac Weekly was taken off the market (at least for a little while), because it was considered false advertising.

Everyone of those drugs is exactly the same... and Catwoman is right. Lily was getting nervous about the patent expiring and decided to try and introduce these two to continue pulling in the amount of money they were before. Even now, with the generic out, they have had to reduce their prices so that they might still bring in money. The market is not their own, anymore, and they are not happy about it at all.

bluemomof3 Posted:- I was wondering if anyone could answer a question about Prozac and anxiety.Do you know if the Prozac is effective in a higher dose for anxiety? I'm only on 20mg right now and it helps with the depression, but my night time anxiety is bad

Artistic Girls & Dekka's reply:- You might want to contact your doctor and ask about upping your dosage to see if it helps you. Also, I don't know what time you take your meds, but I take mine at night, and it really seems to help calm me down (most of the time) from the day. Here are some links with some more information.

*3under3*Posted:- My doc just prescribed Sarafem. I know its the same ingredients as Prozac supposedly, but he told me his drug reps say its different in that it helps with PMS. I just dont get it.

Dekka replied

Irritability, sadness, sudden mood changes, tension, bloating. If you suffer from many of these symptoms month after month and they clearly interfere with your daily activities and relationships you could have PMDD. PMDD, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, is a distinct medical condition that is characterized by intense mood and physical symptoms right before your period.

Sarafem can help. Doctors can treat PMDD with Sarafem the first and only prescription medication for PMDD. I went to the Sarafem website and this info was their. I am sure you will get more replies from someone who will know a lot more about this than I do.

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I've never HAD branded.. didn't even know you could get it here :). I've had no real worries with the generic though...

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I've only ever been on the generic, fluoxetine, and for me it works really well.  Our insurance doesn't cover the name brand...I wonder how expensive the name brand is as opposed to the generic...

Josephine, I see you've read Watership Down too...excellent book!

Angie

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I never used the name brand, but I took the generic for about four or six months. It didn't seem to help. I wonder if it would have made any difference if I'd had the name brand. Probably not - they are supposed to be just the same.

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I had the brand name for my first course.Felt great.No side effects.

A couple of years later,I was given the generic.Felt OK but permenant stomach ache for the last 6 months of taking them.I felt that the cure was worse than the problem!

I have been offered an even cheaper,nastier looking generic,this time.stomach ache started after taking three capsules.

I have decided I would rather suffer the depression than the side effects.

Mike.

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Hello all!

I am new to the board. My cancaer board can't deal with me.

I am curently on 60 ml prozac after doing zoloft, wellbutrin, and other stress and anti dep meds. I am getting realy p*****, is there no hope for me? I started wellbutrin a few months ago and started smoking and drinking after 5 years of semi sober living. Whats up with that? I am off the wellbutrin and sticking with prozac but still drinking. Zoloft seemed to help for a month or so then I switched to prozac felt good for a month or so and uped to 60 from 40 I can't seem to get back to  that normal feeling?????

long story short not a day goes bye where I wish I was dead. Funny thing is I am not suicidal I just hate living, excisting. There has been a few weeks on differnt meds were I felt cool with life for a week or two.

Any sugestions?

Jeff

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I started on brand name Prozac then switched to generic at my doctor's suggestion. For me I noticed a difference as I felt really jittery while on the generic. After a time I switched back to brand name even though it's far more expensive. I know they are supposed to be the same but for some unknown reason I felt much worse while using the generic, so I don't risk it.

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The medicine in both the name-brand and generic are the same, but the delivery and availability to the body can vary. I've found a difference in some meds with the generic also.

Don't give up! There is a med or combo out there that will help you. Meanwhile, we're here to offer our support.

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My opinion is generics are identical to name brands. Assuming of course the generics are coming from a reputable source, and not out of some guys trunk.

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I found no difference when switching from Prozac to the generic. My insurance would no longer pay for the name brand once there were generics available. I couldn't go back to Prozac even if my doc wrote no substitutions on the scrip. I am off of it now and on 2 other ADs (one is generic and the other is still under patent).

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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I know they say the generic are identical to the name brands,-- Taking meds over the past 15 years I have noticed a difference in generic and brand names, some medicine I have taken and prefered the generic, while others the name brand works better, for example I prefer the generic valium, but usually I prefer the name brand on anti-depressants. The generic prozac made me jittery, I'm starting the name brand prozac today to see if it's better. I'll post back and let you know how it goes.

Will :hearts:

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Hi,

I am taking the brand name prozac bec my pdoc says the generic

does not work as well. She said you have to take a lot more of the

generic for the same effect as the brand name. She is usually

all for generics so I trust her opinion. It's been 7 months and I

feel great.

Best wishes,

starr

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Hi, i dont know if im doing this right or what but ive been looking for somewer to ask anyone for help. I want to get off prozac, ive been on it for 3 1/2 years and ive been out of counceling for about 1 1/2 years. Im 18 this year and ive tried many times to get off prozac but it just doesnt work i gave it over a month and it just made me try to **** myself unsuccessfully of course. it just makes me need to go back to counseling and just back into the cycle again. I need help. I dont know if this is the aproprieate forum to be on ive not really read much on it, I really want to get off it,but anytime i try i just seem to go back to the beginnnigng. Sarah-Jane

A place to post your experiences with Generic vs Brand.

chardana Posted:- Have any of you noticed a difference in how you feel while taking generic prozac vs. the brand name?

Insanity replied:- I may be mistaken but i think they have to be exactlly the same ingredients by law. Researched some things about brand name vs. generic. Though they are the exact same ingredients as they have to pass certain government regulations in order to go on the market. It's how these ingredients are put together that makes the difference. I personally don't feel a difference. but it makes sense that it may affect many people different.

sunfire replied:- Sarafem has the exact same ingredients as Prozac does.

Sarafem is exactally the same thing as Prozac. The patent on prozac has run out , so generics are now being produced. So this is a marketing technique for the company. Here is the web site for sarafem.www.sarafem.com

Insanity replied:- PROZAC is the brand name for a medication called FLUOXTINE , the patent for Prozac has expired allowing other manufacturers to start making and selling cheaper generic versions.

The active ingredients is absolutely the same, though some of the non-active fillers can differ. Since the Prozac was allowed to go generic, the original Prozac company started marketing their new creation Prozac Weekly, because they knew they would lose sales on their original Prozac because of the cheaper generic versions. If you truely believe the generic version is not "doing it" for you, have your doctor say no substitutions allowed on your script.

Dekka Posted:- Since Prozac was deregulated in a sense, other non brand (generic) names such as Sarafem have come onto the market, is there any more generic brands such as Sarafem out there?

Prozac I believe did introduce its Prozac Weekly medication, do you know if they continued with this?

Is Fluoxtine & Prozac one in the same?

Catwomans reply:- Sarafem is actually considered "name-brand" because Lily produces it; it just so happens to be Prozac in a different package.

I think that Lily came up with this because it was known that their patent on Prozac was coming up, which is also why they invented this "weekly Prozac" as well. Which to my knowlege is still available.

Fluoxtine is the generic name for Prozac.

Artistic Girls reply:- As far I know, Eli Lily has been getting a bit of flack for this, as each is the SAME exact drug (Sarafem & Prozac). I think that Sarafem is still prescribed, but I am pretty sure that Prozac Weekly was taken off the market (at least for a little while), because it was considered false advertising.

Everyone of those drugs is exactly the same... and Catwoman is right. Lily was getting nervous about the patent expiring and decided to try and introduce these two to continue pulling in the amount of money they were before. Even now, with the generic out, they have had to reduce their prices so that they might still bring in money. The market is not their own, anymore, and they are not happy about it at all.

bluemomof3 Posted:- I was wondering if anyone could answer a question about Prozac and anxiety.Do you know if the Prozac is effective in a higher dose for anxiety? I'm only on 20mg right now and it helps with the depression, but my night time anxiety is bad

Artistic Girls & Dekka's reply:- You might want to contact your doctor and ask about upping your dosage to see if it helps you. Also, I don't know what time you take your meds, but I take mine at night, and it really seems to help calm me down (most of the time) from the day. Here are some links with some more information.

*3under3*Posted:- My doc just prescribed Sarafem. I know its the same ingredients as Prozac supposedly, but he told me his drug reps say its different in that it helps with PMS. I just dont get it.

Dekka replied

Irritability, sadness, sudden mood changes, tension, bloating. If you suffer from many of these symptoms month after month and they clearly interfere with your daily activities and relationships you could have PMDD. PMDD, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, is a distinct medical condition that is characterized by intense mood and physical symptoms right before your period.

Sarafem can help. Doctors can treat PMDD with Sarafem the first and only prescription medication for PMDD. I went to the Sarafem website and this info was their. I am sure you will get more replies from someone who will know a lot more about this than I do.

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I like generic tablets. So cheap and can be broken in half. Cost me 50cents a day for medication. Unfortunatly, I havent found tablets bigger than 20mg. So Ive been taking 10mg instead of the 20mg. Im gonna try the 10mg dose a couple of months. Maybe it will be enough.

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They should be exactly the same, if from a above board manufacturer (ie regulated)

As for differences felt, its likely you would be unable to tell the difference if you were not told which was which pill, ie given them blind so to speak.

If a doctor said there is a difference, then that doctor should be struck off the medical registrar if they have not reported their medical facts to the relavent authorities, assuming they have facts, which I doubt in this case.

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They should be exactly the same, if from a above board manufacturer (ie regulated)

As for differences felt, its likely you would be unable to tell the difference if you were not told which was which pill, ie given them blind so to speak.

If a doctor said there is a difference, then that doctor should be struck off the medical registrar if they have not reported their medical facts to the relavent authorities, assuming they have facts, which I doubt in this case.

I'm on Prozac for the second time. It pooped out on me about ayear ago and I was on 100mg and was springing for the name brand, because My Doc confided in me that the generics could be as much as 60% ineffective. I struggled without anything for a while, Tried Cymbalta didn't give it a good chance at me. Cold turkyed off everything again because of an argument with my wife. (Whole 'nother story)-----Anyway now Im back on 80mg floxitine, 6mg generic atavan PRN, and Provigil 200mg twice a day.

I am scared to death that it's going to poop out on me again. The cocktail I'm on has me stabilized pretty well but what am I going to do if the Prozac poops out?

Also, If I am posting in a weird way or wrong spot, please enlighten me I'm new to forum protocol

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Hmm I just started on generic fluoxetine, too soon to tell if its working for me but I'm definately not jittery.

If they are the same chemical I sincerely doubt their could be much difference between generic and brand, its likely just because if you know its different you might imagine different reactions.

I personally wouldn't believe my psychiatrist 100% if he told me brand was better.... because many of these big brand companies take doctors out for fancy dinners and give them cute little note-pads and pens with the brand name on them (i know, i've seen them in my psych's office and my mom is a doctor and she has tons of them too). The brands want support from the doctors.

I dunno maybe I'm just a conspiracy theorist...

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i just started with fluoxetine made by lilly (who make prozac) so it should be as close to the real thing as you can get.

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Good luck Superman, let us know how you are doing while using Prozac :bump:

SN :hearts:

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Thanks Sarah,

I will most certainly keep you posted.

How are you doing ?

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I am alright, thank you for asking. I have been on Prozac since Febr. 06, with a few weeks off last summer, but I went back on pretty quickly cause I was going downhill fast. I am on 60 mgr/ day.

SN :hearts:

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Glad to hear that you are doing well. Do you find tha the prozac is working for you ?

Did you try any other meds besides that prozac ?

btw I decided to carry on with the zoloft and not the prozac. I found that it was making me angry which was the reason i stoppe dthe last time. Its great for energy but it makes me a bit mad !

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hi all

I live in a country where Lilly manufactures a brand of fluoxetine called Lilly fluoxetine. Can anyone give me some feedback on it ? I expect it to be esxactly the same as the origional because Lilly was teh orgional manufacturer of prozac ...

Any comments ?

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Hi Superman,

I must admit I am not sure whether or not I take the generic kind or the brand.........oops............soory, can't answer your question. Maybe I should go check what it says on the box :bump:

SN :hearts:

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