Generic vs. Brand Name Drugs - page 2

yesterday, i had my first reaction to the celexa i take for depression. i've been on this med two years now, and no reactions experienced before now. i just had the rx refilled, and took the first... Read More

  1. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    I think Pharmacists should be required to keep a list of a patient's allergies on hand in the patient's file at the pharmacy...you know...like a kardex file. With all the mistakes going on in medicine today, it sure wouldn't hurt for the "double-check" standard to be in place.
    What kind of pharmacy are you going to Renee? My pharmacy knows all of our medications. They caught it once when my son's pediatrician called in an antibiotic for him that was a PCN combination (he's allergic to pcn). When I showed up to pick it up, I had to wait because they were calling to clarify and get a new order from the doc.

    They also warn me whenever I'm on an antibiotic that it will interfere with my bcp's. It's all cross checked in their computers. I just love my Kmart pharmacy!

    Heather
  2. by   duckie
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Thanks Duckie! BTW: Do you think the pharmacist would have told you the truth if the pill was a placebo? Maybe they aren't suppose to tell the patient cause if the patient knew, they wouldn't take it??? Just wondering.
    That is an excellent question but in my case I have to say without any hesitation on my part I trust this man with all my heart. I have know him for 7 years and then started using him as he delivers many drugs to the facility I work at. In order to save me money on my Paxil, he took 40 mg. tabs, cut them in half and the cost for 20mg tabs would have been $75.00 a month but by doing it this way, it only cost me $45.00. Since then the Md has lowered my dose and he says he will cut the 40mg. tabs into 10mg to save me money. I aslo trust him because he is a good Christian man that goes out of his way to save all customers money, even to the point of calling MD's and asking to use a different medication that would be more cost effective. I have no health insurance and I cannot ask for someone that goes out of their way more to give me the best in advice and costs, PLUS, all my scripts are delivered right to my floor at work. I couldn't ask for better service and care.
  3. by   BadBird
    Yes, I did have a reaction to generic PCN. I took PCN for years when needed for strep throat infections when the pharmacy gave me a generic I had SOB, tachycardia, dyspnea. I called my Dr and never took PCN again.
  4. by   fedupnurse
    Isn't it scary that the generics can be so different from the brand names. If they are putting fillers in that can cause allergic reactions, the manufacturer should have a responsibility to let the consumer know! The FDA takes a thousand years to approve drugs in the US and then they are so lax about the generics?? What is up with that?? I have also heard of not going between brand and generic for seizure and thyroid meds but now I am starting to think you should stick with your brand for all meds!
    Hope you feel better Cheerfuldoer! Keep that benadryl handy!!!
  5. by   andrewsgranny
    I dont think celexa has a generic yet.
    Check with the pharmacist. You may have got the wrong Rx.
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I tend to agree with andrewsgranny.
    I think that someone at the pharmacy probably screwed up and gave you the wrong meds (It happens). I'm just hoping it wasn't fertility pills!!
    -Russell
  7. by   moonshadeau
    I have to agree with heather that it would be highly unethical to give patients placebo medications for what ever purpose. It undermines the physician patient relationship and I would question anyone who would participate in such a practice. As for the white Xanax. Our hospital pharmacy uses the generic form and they are white. The color can vary on the manufactuer of the pill. The Xanax that I have are a light peach color.

    Cheerfuldoer, I hope that you feel better. I would be interested as everyone else to hear the actual content of the pill that you rec'd
  8. by   adrienurse
    I thought that a medication needed to be on the market for a few years before they were able to issue a generic version. Isn't celexa fairly new?
  9. by   ceecel.dee
    I agree with Heather, too. I may be wrong, but don't you have to sign a consent or something to be part of a study, and wouldn't that be the only way to be put on a placebo?

    As far as I know, UNETHICAL if patient not informed.
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    I thought that a medication needed to be on the market for a few years before they were able to issue a generic version. Isn't celexa fairly new?
    I thought it was 7 years.

    Sounds like the pharmacist has been sampling the product...

    Heather
  11. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER


    Perhaps I'm just speaking out of my a** here, but wouldn't it be HIGHLY unethical to be changing around a patients meds who hadn't previously consented to being part of a blind study?

    Heather
    and illegal
  12. by   NancyRN
    Cheerfuldoer, I had a patient who took scheduled doses of Vicodin at home for chronic pain. The hospital doesnt have Vicodin so I gave her Lortabs. She got sick every time. Said it always happens with generic.

    Speaking of Pharmacists, our insurance company is pretty well forcing us to use a MAIL ORDER pharmacy. They do it by requiring a written prescription for each and every refill, unless you get a 3 month supply mail order. How dangerous and cheezy can you get?
  13. by   live4today
    originally posted by obnurseheather


    perhaps i'm just speaking out of my a** here, but wouldn't it be highly unethical to be changing around a patients meds who hadn't previously consented to being part of a blind study?

    heather
    you'd think so, heather, but that's exactly what they do...docs i mean.....i remember giving patients placebo pills that they had no idea they were taking. the docs ordered them all the time. go figure huh? :d

    they've also been doing that to me with the celexa. i had a feeling i was taking placebos at times in my first several months of taking the celexa, but i just laughed it off because i knew why docs were having patients take them. once they found out i was a registered nurse, i've been getting the real things every month all the time.......unless they've found a way to fool even nurses now.
    :chuckle

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