Generic Adderall Brands

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FireBlasterdz Says:
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I am very concerned and confused about why generic Adderall brands are so all over the place!! I usually get Aurora brand and I'm fine with it but last month I got this corpharma brand crap, it made my stomach ache and gave me a headache! It was terrible. Back on Aurora brand and I feel better again but wtf is up with this BS?! I'm thinking about having my dr write no substitutions on my script and just pay for the name brand adderall. I've tried it in the past and it is by far superior. Motivation, concentration, and energy are all together with minimal side effects. Anyone relate?

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jckinswo Says:
 
Yep, it's a huge problem (variation in effectiveness) and it's gotten worse over the years. Main problem. With generics the FDA allows up to 20% difference in the "main", active ingredient. You'll find the widest variation in CorePharma and Aurobindo (personal experience and educated opinion) and the least variation in Sandoz followed by TEVA/Barr. Related to the variation in the "salts", different companies use different "fillers" and some have worse side effects than others. Again the same companies are the "worst" and the "best". There's test results etc. on the web and Sandoz uses the least amount w/least side-effects. 3rd. Variations occur not only between brands but at times between "batches" and the FDA does not have near enough inspectors to investigate, etc. unless a LOT of people complain.. Years ago, Teva and Barr were the "best" and very consistent. After the merger, that has changed. The companies based in India (CorePharma, Aurobindo and a few others) do not have as good of quality control as Teva and Sandoz. Many psych docs and definitely legislators and the media and the general public don't understand that a generic for blood pressure, etc. is very different for a generic that affects brain chemistry and a host of co-morbidities (depression, social anxiety, etc., etc.) that go along w/ADHD/ADD that makes it very difficult to find the right "mix" due to brain chemistry, etc. This is one of a number of areas where lack of access to the "brand" makes a HUGE difference in the outcomes but the insurance companies run the show and the buyers for the drug store and other pharmacies are focused almost completely now on cost/profit. It used to be you could "special order" the brand that worked for you with little problem at multiple locations. Now you can't find anybody (at least not CVS, nor Walgreens, nor Walmart, nor Kroger, Safeway, etc.) that will do that. In my area (north Dallas) Walgreens will "always" carry Teva/Barr. I used to be able to get Sandoz at Safeway/Tom Thumb. Now almost all of them only carry Core (the worst for me) or Aurobindo (not much better for me and my kids). If you can afford or your insurance will let you, get the "brand", do it. But for most, the cost of Brand (TEVA) ranges from $300 to $400 for 30 20mg or 30mg even with insurance. That's a huge difference from the $50 to $80 that the generic will cost and it's not right. You have to educate yourself and you have to complain and you have to search your local area and talk to your Dr./Psych and make sure s/he understands your problems. Best of Luck!

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FireBlasterdz Says:
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Thanks for your input, I appreciate it. I originally a while back always got the Teva brand adderall but then my pharmacy changed to aurobind brand. They aren't as effective but no side effects like the core pharma brand crap. I just am getting sick and tired of all of the BS with psych meds, I want PA to fully legalize medical marijuana so I can get a particular strain, say one for energy and one for anxiety, which is now actually a reality. In Colorado for example, their medical strains of MJ can be prescribed for your certain ailment exactly to the T. Amazing, energy strains, insomnia strains, anxiety ect... And no withdrawal symptoms! What other drug with such potency can you say that about, no physical withdrawal even with heavy use or abuse. Psychological sometimes, but nothing like running out of benzos or taking Vicodin after breaking your leg for a week, that's all it takes, and when the course is done your body goes into withdrawals, potentially starting a vicious cycle or reawakening an old one. But anyways, for now MJ is not legal fully in PA so I'll just have to keep popping s***ty addys and my 1mg Clonazepam at night with doxepin. Oh yeah and my neurontin 600mgs 3 times a day.... Everything seems to be backwards in this country. Especially the medical field and the marijuana policies. Legalize it and please at least make good quality amphetamines so I can go to work everyday!! Yeah right.. Gracias amigos y me amigas! Lol ??

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Karen Says:
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That was very detailed and helpful. It seems the past year the adderall generic are all switched around and it used to be consistent. I would get the orange football ones or pink round and now it's all different. Scary what they put in medication, the binders. Etc.

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JD Says:
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The instant release does not have a name brand. Shire the original manufacturer of Adderall told me that Teva was the one handling the I R. My doctor wrote me prescriptions so I could get 3 or 4 to see which brand would work best. I found that Activist stimulated you the best but it wore off very quick and then they had a recall and now no one in my town has it. I tried Core and it shot my blood pressure sky high in a few minutes with no focusing in the brain. I tried Teva but it does not let you have the mental clarity as the Shire but they only make xl. Teva was also caught for having Tylenol and tramadol as their active ingredients. The Aurobindo brand was worthless. I would like to try the Sandoz brand but I would have to travel over a hundred miles to get it. So I have just been making do with the Teva B 974 logo. When I go back to the doctor I will get a script for the xl and use the Brand Name Shire which I know works. My problem with that is not being able to sleep.

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Lola Says:
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Hey, am considering taking aurora brand my local Target has it in stock. How is it in comparison to sandoze?

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Sufferingsinglemother Says:
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Yes! But now the "name brand" are the same manufacturer as the generic so you feel like hell either way! :( it's crazy and making everyone who seriously has add crazy. I was better off before I ever started on this horrible downward spiral with these new generics and now the so called " name brands"! For years I was doing better than ever now I'm just sick and tired with zero personality. Are they trying to kill us off or what?! Wish I could just stop but then I'm really in a mess. Damned if I do and damned if I don't take them.

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Ward Says:
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I've never even heard of Aurora. Let me ask you this. Is adderall generic or otherwise an new thing for you or have you been prescribed this medication for awhile?
I think it's pretty stupid of them to be trying to give anyone who has been taking this medication for a long time new brands that are weaker because it's so freaking obvious to us what is going on. Unless we are all somehow prejudiced or biased. But since my mom and I have both been on the same medication , we have each other to compare our notes to and same pharmacy

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Lisa Says:
 
Get back on the brand for Adderall! Change pharmacys, Walgreen I used for years. Then they chained brands, the pills were braking up in my mouth I complained they did nothing.
Me, I did something. Rite aid seems to be reliable, but I always call to make sure they have brand on hand.

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LIBBY Says:
 
Is there such thing as an IR (instant release) version of "real" Adderall?? Meaning the prescription bottle will actually say "ADDERALL" on it? NOT "Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine"? I know my cousin takes "real" Adderall XR and the pills actually have the name "Adderall" printed on them. But I didn't think you could get it in IR for some reason.

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julesjmj Says:
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jckinswo (# 1) --

Very well written and informative post here. So I have a question, well background first. I've only ever taken Corepharm, Teva/Barr, and Sandoz generics. . . In that order. Sandoz is now apparently scheduled to be discontinued, which makes me sad as it's the one I prefer by far. I can take the Corepharm; it just has a higher side effect profiles for me. The one made by Teva/Barr I will never ever take again. It was horrible. But my question, if Teva now makes the name brand Adderall, have you taken both that and the generic they make? How would they compare?

I would be so reticent to trying it because of my bad experience and because according to Daily Med, they contain the exact same fillers.

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Kat Says:
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I've got a yellow pill with "0 9 8" on one side and then the letter "U" on the other side. Is this pill considered a 5mg Adderall generic? It's a lowercase U and looks like it's supposed to be Adderall generic, I'm guessing because I don't see the brand for it.

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Benjamin Says:
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I need to know if the generic Adderall my son takes is water soluble? He absolutely cannot swallow the pills and his doctor told me to try dissolving them. Can I do this effectively?

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Adderallmillionare Says:
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Benjamin (# 12) --

Crush it up in a fine powder put it in apple sauce or chocolate pudding. Kid will never know the difference

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Lazaro Says:
 
Adderallmillionare (# 13) & Benjamin (#12) --

Adderallmillionaire knows his stuff! This is true for both the instant release tablets and the XR beads (open the capsule carefully and try to get most of the beads given onto two or three spoonfuls of the applesauce, pudding, yogurt, etc..DO NOT stir it into the whole serving and do not "save" remainder for later.) Interestingly, i've read that the reason TEVA generic IR tablets are completely sugary tasting (All my fellow AD/HD sufferers whose pharmacy offers TEVA knows what i'm talking about) as soon as they hit the tongue is exactly for being able to administer it to children with AD/HD, so they're not getting an offensive medicinal taste. Good Luck!

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Alex Says:
 
Hey, when you guys post an update or say which generic is or isn't working, can you provide a few details?

1. Manufacturer
2. XR or IR? Include the mg and a description of the pill (color, shape, etc.)
3. ***THE PHARMACY WHERE YOU FILLED YOUR PRESCRIPTION***
4. Your location, if you are comfortable with that, on the off-chance we are close and can then be guaranteed to know the manufacturer

Because if one of the generics works better than others, and it is available at a chain pharmacy, usually it is consistent throughout the whole chain and that will make it easier for all of us to get a hold of that manufacturer's Adderall, or to avoid it if we don't like that manufacturer.

Thanks :)

PS: I'm hearing rumors of Sandoz Adderall IR returning to the market. If somebody can confirm this, what pharmacy are you using?

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