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Aug 1 15 1:29 AM

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Hello. My Doc has given me Klonopin for withdrawal now since I started tapering off Methadone (& now tapering off Sub). Now, the pharmacy has changed which Generic Version they're using. The OLD ones were green, round and had c/14 on 1 side, and an M on the other. The NEW ONES have a V (in italic type) on 1 side, and 2531 on the other (and they're thicker & blue). Am I going 2 notice a difference between the "Mylan Generic" ones (according to pharmacy) & the new, blue V 2531, blue ones (whatever brand they are?)?? I really don't want 2 be @ 1/2 my starting Sub Dose & (ALL OF A SUDDEN) have the effectiveness of my most helpful w/d medication be decreased also!!
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Aug 1 15 5:50 AM

XJ, no it'll be the same, you shouldn't feel any difference at all. Generics by law have to be the same efficacy as the brand name. There was a lot of fuss about people saying they could contain 10% more or less of the active ingredient, but studies showed that most of them contained either the right amount, or only off by a slight amount. I wouldn't worry, I have Clonazepam for my anxiety when it's really bad and I don't notice any difference between the brand name and the generic.

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Aug 4 15 4:51 PM

Well the good thing about Klonopin versus some other benzo is that it has a different makeup than the others and last approx 24 hours versus 4 to 6 hours Ativan or Xanax etc...

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Aug 21 15 5:41 AM

How's it going XJ? All OK I hope with the different make of meds?

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Aug 26 15 8:28 PM

Generics are fine

   With my job, I deal with people and their prescription drug plans all the time (Not so much these days, but I worked with them directly for years). People and their atitude towards generic drugs can be incredibly frustrating. Doctors often feed into the parannoia, also. Very often, the active ingredients in the generics aren't just the same kind of drug, but made at the exact same "factory" as the brand name. The only thing that makes them "generic" is that the companies did not create and hold the patent originally, and couldn't start selling the product until they were legally allowed to. Usually the amount of time is 12 years, but there are all sorts of legal games both ways. Sometimes the patent is on the deliuvery method, not the actual drug. So you get some extended release or other more exotic patents.
   There is a slim possiblility, of course, that a person could have some kind of a reaction to an inert "filler" material in a generic vs a "brand name" med. But those ingredients are sppecifically chosen to not cause such things. Still, it could happen. But of the 500 or more people that have told me over the years that they can't take generics (it's amazingly common for people to say this), I'd say almost none of them had any legitimate, physical reason to avoid the generics. That's not to say that the effects they experienced were not "real", I'm just saying that they were not due to the generic medicines.
   I also used to think that generics may be titrated or measured less strenuously. But, if the FDA is doing it's job (it's not too bad on the world stage, comparatively), this isn't true, either. You should be getting the same amount of the same active ingredient in a generic.

   TL:DR version... Just take the generics, if they are available and cheaper.
  

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Aug 28 15 5:34 AM

it is incredibly annoying that people think that generics are inferior, as in the vast majority they contain the same ingredient at the same dose as the brand name. I have NEVER had a problem taking a generic in place of a brand name, to me they seem exactly the same. I think a lot of it is psychological, people think because it's not a 'brand name' that it's not going to be as good, which is erroneous.

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Dec 29 15 3:45 PM

Clonazepam is Clonazepam. You won't notice a difference.

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