It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Pain Management Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-27-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
Inactive
(male)
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CA
Posts: 1,569
forginon HB User
Generics Different?

Hi All,

I'm curious about something. I've been taking MS Contin, actually a generic from Ethex. I wasn't impressed and we had to raise the dose a few times. Then the pharmacy switched to Endo. WOW! What a difference. It was like a whole new medicine, and I kind of feel like talking to the doctor about adjusting backwards, so long as they stick with Endo.

Does this happen to the rest of you? It kind of scares me now in case they return to Ethex that my pain level will shoot up. Have any of you gotten a pharmacy to provide you with a specific generic even if they've switched to another? I would love it if they just stayed with Endo now, but I know from experience that with generics it's a bit unpredictable, depending on supply and such. Can I get them to stock Endo for me?

Thanks for your help.

steve

 
Old 09-27-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
Senior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: melbourne fl. u.s.
Posts: 228
acaptainn HB User
Re: Generics Different?

I just tried *brand* percs an they seem to work btr than the generic

i quizzed the pharm. about he said the medicine is the same by law, so i said there exactly the same ? he says well the the fillers can be diff.

just my experience

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 09-27-2007, 03:09 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 2,521
sammyo1 HB Usersammyo1 HB Usersammyo1 HB Usersammyo1 HB Usersammyo1 HB Usersammyo1 HB User
Re: Generics Different?

I kind of felt the difference to , so can you request the pharmacy use a certain kind/type, does anyone know? I have had people swear there is a differance so I have to believe it is so.

 
Old 09-27-2007, 04:50 PM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: WA, USA
Posts: 897
trowftd3 HB User
Re: Generics Different?

You can ask the pharmacy if they will order a certain generic for you....they might. I think a couple of people here have done this...Director? I just ask for brand and they always seem to have that in stock. Of course, I am lucky enough to have good insurance so I only pay $15 for brand.
__________________
undiagnosed lung and back pain after pneumonia in '03, tmj, migraines,(two failed surgeries for) Kienbock's disease

 
Old 09-28-2007, 04:27 PM   #5
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Washington
Posts: 1,358
RetiredDirector HB UserRetiredDirector HB User
Re: Generics Different?

Hi Everybody...I have been through the generic thing several times since I've been on C-II meds for CP. I'm currently taking Methadone and I've been able to tell a huge difference in the different makers. Mallinckrodt makes Methadose and in my opinion it's terrible. There's a big difference between that and Methadone by Roxane. Shoreline Dave can give us the figures on the percentage of difference in these generics. I think I remember, but Dave can tell for sure.

I've been on Methadone for four and a half years and I take 180 mg per day. Over four years ago, after getting a fill with Methadose once at my regular pharmacy, I asked them if they could order in the Roxane Methadone for me. My monthly fill is for #540, so they keep a large amount in stock. I went in last week for my fill and asked if they had enough (there's a new Head Pharmacist) and he said he had 1,100 in stock, so he would be sure to have enough for me.

So, to answer the question, yes it is possible for a pharmacy to order your preferred brand of medication for you. If they give you the song and dance they can't do it because it's a chain pharmacy, I would go elsewhere. My pharmacy is a chain and they've been doing it for me. If you have problems finding a chain pharmacy that will work with you, some people go to a small Mom and Pop pharmacy and swear by the service they get.
__________________
Director

 
Old 09-29-2007, 01:12 AM   #6
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 858
madhatter HB User
Re: Generics Different?

I was talking with shorline about this a while back. They are allowed so much lee-way. For example,a 10 mg brand perc,[10 mg oxycodone] generic 10 mg,actually has 8.5 mg of oxycodone. You have to ask yourself,if theres no difference,then why does everyone get better relief from brand name?

 
Old 09-29-2007, 06:41 AM   #7
Inactive
(male)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 472
Arthr Itis HB User
Re: Generics Different?

Unfortunately my insurance company has made generics almost mandatory. $40 copay for name brand vs. $10 for generics. Fred

 
Old 09-29-2007, 07:27 AM   #8
Senior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: South Florida, USA
Posts: 155
whitfield HB User
Re: Generics Different?

I think most of us with insurance have the same issue of paying more for name brand or even non-preferred generics--the question becomes--Is pain relief worth the difference in cost? I pay the difference even though it costs me more and I have very limited income--Just my opinion--Roger

 
Old 09-30-2007, 03:36 PM   #9
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: north of somewhere nice
Posts: 1,477
neurowreck HB User
Re: Generics Different?

Most of the time, I get generics- and have no problems; the only thing I do watch for is sensitivity to one muscle relaxants coating (brand and one generic) and my blood thinner- the generics are very different per my lab work levels. Also, brand versus generic on SOME seizure meds are critical- to stick with the brand. Most of the time, generics are no problem for me- it's the coatings and fillers that cause me problems if I have any.

 
Old 09-30-2007, 05:53 PM   #10
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: US
Posts: 863
butrfligirl28 HB Userbutrfligirl28 HB User
Re: Generics Different?

I noticed a BIG difference in percocet generics. I prefer the Watson generic brand, versus mallikwhatever, and endo. They work so much better, it seems like a whole different strength and med to me.

 
Old 10-01-2007, 04:59 AM   #11
Senior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: South Florida, USA
Posts: 155
whitfield HB User
Re: Generics Different?

Endocet is exactly the same as the name brand--made by the same company. But, there are other generic's that in my opinion are terrible.JMO--Roger

 
Old 10-01-2007, 07:46 AM   #12
Inactive
(male)
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CA
Posts: 1,569
forginon HB User
Re: Generics Different?

WOW!

I couldn't have asked for a better response. Thanks so much everyone for your input. The people on this board are incredible - all of you - thanks so much.

As I mentioned before, I find for me that the Endo generic for MS Contin is much, much better than the Ethex generic. It really feels like the dose was raised it's that different.

I will take the advice and try to get my pharmacy to stock the Endo meds for me.

Thanks Again, steve

 
Old 10-02-2007, 04:24 AM   #13
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: north of somewhere nice
Posts: 1,477
neurowreck HB User
Re: Generics Different?

I asked one pharmacy about why they didn't get the "white' generic muscle relaxant I had been taking (generic of Flexeril) when they changed to a mustard yellow colored tablet....they had changed vendors. When they do that it's harder to get special orders, but you can certainly try- or get them at a different pharmacy= or check out any mail order options you might have with your insurance. Just ask what brand of generics any of them use ahead of time.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
(Another) Question Re: Generics amethystma Pain Management 5 07-30-2009 04:24 PM
Hi, can you help me with a question regarding Generics (switch) and nausea (again) kim46 Pain Management 16 07-30-2009 07:39 AM
Switch to generics. demotive33 Bipolar Disorder 8 04-19-2009 10:31 AM
brand names vs generics bella1829 Birth Control 1 10-23-2008 06:48 PM
Generics Redux aussiejono Pain Management 12 06-03-2008 09:19 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



tortoisegirl (160), gmak (157), Shoreline (152), BB07 (94), backhurtz (84), katlin09 (69), Ilovemycutedog (53), galalena (50), jonnstar (35), Isotope (34)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1182), MSJayhawk (1015), Apollo123 (913), Titchou (862), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (760), midwest1 (671), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:46 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!