Have You Tried Leading Pharma Or Teva Lorazepam? (Page 2)Updated
Some people say it is less effective or has no effect due to less active ingredients, causing some side effects or reaction to someone.
Some recommend Teva but some say it is not good. However, I can't get Teva as there is no pharmacy to dispense it in my area.
I tried other brands after Qualitest was discontinued, but did not find any that work.
I have updated info from my pharmacist on where the lorazepam stands as of today, August 25. The Qualitest that was mentioned a few posts ago, can’t remember who it was, but they were bought out by Par. So it may not be the formula Qualitest used. I would ask to try a couple before filling and getting stuck with a month of garbage. Also, Watson I noticed wasn’t working last time and always did before, I believe he said Teva is now filling the Watson brand. Thank goodness this pharmacist has hidden the Mylan 0.5 for me, which has about 500 left, but I’m doubling the dose as I take 1 mg twice a day, so these won’t last long. It’s awful to have anxiety and not have anything that works anymore. He did say that very few companies are making this and Leading is still the main one. My friend whose been on this for years also, did find a small family owned pharmacy who had a bottle of 1000 of the Mylan 1 mg, he opened not long ago and doesn’t have many people coming in for this so she got very lucky. I suggest to all of you to go to these small family owned pharmacies, avoid CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, etc. as they’re corporate owned and have to go by rules of ordering the cheapest which right now is Leading. I’ve written and complained to them, who put the blame on Rugby/Major who says it’s their formula. Maybe if we all do that we can get something resolved. If it was a BP or diabetic med, you bet they’d be all over fixing this problem. Prayers for a calmer day ahead for us all. Whitney Williford is the rep who responded from Leading and gave me the phone # for Rugby/Major who is making this Leading garbage! Good luck
Re: Deedee (# 21)
Just me again. I just got off the phone with Major pharmaceuticals, Rugby laboratories, and Leading pharmaceuticals. They are all distributors, they don’t make the lorazepam, but they have to record all of our complaints and they supposedly take them very seriously, he said the more complaints, the more likely something will be done to fix it. He said to go into the pharmacy and get the NDC which is national drug code, which will direct us right to where the complaints need to be made. 00904 is Major; 00536 is Rugby. The website for complaints is majorpharmaceuticals.com or rugbylaboratories.com and there is a contact area. I bet if we all start emailing with complaints directly to them instead of FDA, something may get done. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel!!
I have been on Mylan Lorazepam for 7 years. I went to the pharmacy last month and it was out of stock. They gave me Leading pharma. I was so worried but I have never felt better. I am more relaxed and have no sign of an anxiety attack like I had with Mylan brand.
Re: Kathie (# 23)
I’m on Leading now 100%...still waiting to see if there will be another shoe to drop.....thus far I’m actually sleeping better than with the Watson.....and since Watson will be available in early August when I get a new prescription I’m not sure which to choose....Leading (with the bad reviews on this forum) or Watson (which apparently gets some bad reviews here too).
My God this same result/complaints are all over the internet! Everything Twig7 said seems to be on the money as I have done the same research. My Mother is taking Ativan and she is 73, so to the poor guy is being taken off his lorazepam, you need to find another doctor. Mom's been taking this medication for almost 30 years and has somewhat plateaued on her dose and was recently written one more tablet which did the trick and everything was great. she gets a 3 month supply at a time now, and her most recent script was filled with the leading brand generic ativan. She is currently in the hospital with severe stomach issues after about a month of this medication. No. I am not joking or exaggerating even a little. after just a day or two she felt these new sugary tasting pills from Leading Pharma aren't relieving her anxiety much if at all. Like I said, she just got this medication increase recently so there is definitely something to this. You Pharmacists can say what you want, that these people are all nuts, that all these generics are the same. Well folks, this is very real, and getting more traction recently with this particular brand of medication. Unless you are in this situation is hard to really comprehend what this can do to a person or there loved ones. I personally am gonna take this as far as I can until I get some changes, and some answers. I have been on a benzodiazepine myself for a few years after I came home from the U.S.M.C. for ptsd and was able to wean off myself. One of the hardest things I have ever done, but I took it upon myself to get off of prescription medications. Weaning process for me took almost 9 months after 4 years of xanax 2mg X 3 a day. Under a physician most people take longer, some much longer and there is nothing wrong with that. My point is, I do understand a little more intimately than someone who's never taken this type of medication. LEADING PHARMA LORAZEPAM IS TERRIBLE. That's the moral of the story. Sorry my comment was so long, good luck to you all, and God Bless You All. I hope you all get your issues get resolved, I know how very serious this is. I will update you folks on future findings.
Re: BigJoe (# 25)
Sounds like Leading is definitely not for everyone. I’ve been taking it now for 3 months (mixed with 1 Watson at night until 2 weeks ago...)..2 mg 3x day.....if anything I feel calmer and sleeping better since i’ve been taking it......oh, one thing I wanted to ask....in early posts people stated with Leading that they felt anxious or had panic attacks........in all the years (decades) I took the name brand Ativan...my anxiety never stopped nor did panic attacks until I actually accepted the attacks as part of my life and i’d just have to live with them. For some reason they then stopped. I don’t question it, I just accept it....i’ve never taken a drug (Valium, Ativan or an SSRI) that actually stopped panic attacks. So my question is, before you switched to 'Leading'....was *whatever* lorazepam you were taking actually stopping panic attacks?
Re: BigJoe (# 25)
Thank God I’ve found another person who understands what several of us have tried so hard to get complaints going. If you scroll down to my last post a few days ago I got the direct complaint sites for this “sugar” tasting garbage Leading brand of lorazepam. It sounds like you’re serious about filing complaints. I’m diabetic and it tasted like pure sugar. I decided to try it for one month since nothing else was available. Gabby and I have been on this thread trying to get as much help complaining to whoever will listen. I’m hoping the post with all the phone numbers and websites will help. Good luck..
Re: BigJoe (# 25)
Do you know what branch of govt(?) did research with resulting in older folks being refused.... taken off lorazepam. And having to go through awful withdrawal. I have not been able to locate clinical trial or govt agency who mandated this order.
Old folks who are alone will suffer Agoraphobia even death from accidents when panic attacks come while driving. My Dr. said
"Attorney General" orders. I. can't find that information online.
Re: Deedee (# 9)
The last batch (backordered) is not released yet and they do not know. After last batch is exhausted, mylan lorazepam is discontinued.
Re: winjy (# 29)
Boy...talk about monopolies forming......so who will be making it besides Leading? My pharmacist says he’s ordered Watson ‘made by Watson’ according to him....not Actavis as Actavis doesn’t manufacture..it distributes according to 2 pharmacists....only relating what they said..not my specialty....it will be in just about now....new prescription is obtained next week......I think I prefer the Watson (been taking it since around the time it was absorbed/merged by Teva)...it’s worked for me but then Leading hasn’t been too bad for me...4th week now of 100% Leading... Maybe I’m one of the lucky ones.......a couple others in an anxiety group I belong to take it too...no issues......and i’m sure they would have said something as this group b****es about everything, lol......I had not noticed the sweetness until I read it here so I let one dissolve in my mouth....yup....sure tastes like sugar .....funny....sometimes it feels like it’s not quite as strong as the Watson...other times definitely stronger - longer lasting- not stronger sedatively speaking....and for some weird reason I’m sleeping longer and deeper since taking it.....I thought I’d be more sensitive to any change because i’ve been on 6mg a day for 35 years+. I hope everyone can get their issues resolved...anxiety/panic is bad enough without having meds screwing with us too......btw...my wife was on valsartan.....(sigh)
My cvs just changed from Mylan to Leading for Lorezapam. It is nothing more than a sugar pill. I don't know what to do about it.
Re: Dar (# 31)
You must not have been reading this thread for the last few months almost on a daily basis.. this group of people whom I’ve gotten to know pretty well and am sure are all over the country, have been in this situation forever it seems!! Mylan stopped making this months ago and the few pharmacies that still had it were just using up what they had. Leading has taken over and it’s garbage. A few weeks ago I posted who and where people could voice their complaints to and it’s the only way we will be heard. Look back through here and make sure you have your settings to post the newest first or you’ll be reading posts from years ago.
Re: Dar (# 31)
Give it a try without preconceptions nor anything you’ve read here.....keep in mind...those who find it works for them don’t write about how it doesn’t work nor do they necessarily even google it....I’ve been on lorazepam (Ativan or generic) since 1982.. 2mg 3x day...... upon retiring (sort of) 6 years ago I started generic (Watson)...three months ago I got Leading brand because the pharmacy said they couldn’t get Watson (they can now i’ve been told).....so I stupidly Googled it.....nevertheless I read posts here and thought ‘oh s***’....well...I took it anyway-mixing it with the few Watson’s I had left......now 4 weeks on 100% Leading.....keeping in mind no lorazepam..not even brand name EVER quelled my anxiety 100%.....and a few times during the months I was mixing them I felt anxious and thought “aha! see- the Leading isn’t as good”...turns out I had taken all Watson that day, lol....with Leading..I do find sometimes I wash out sooner...other times I actually go past my usual dosage time (with lorazepam....at my dosage ...you KNOW...when it is washing out....)....with no issues....and I’m sleeping better. I just got a new prescription..and frankly i’m in a quandary about whether I should go for Leading or Watson......(yes..Watson DISTRIBUTED by Actavis......Actavis does not manufacture lorazepam...it distributes it).
Re: Deedee (# 32)
Thank you. I started reading after I posted. I called my pharmacist and he said I could get the Mylan if my Dr. ordered 1mg instead of .5 and I could cut in half. After reading some of this stuff I am realizing that how awful I have felt in the last week (headaches, memory worse, cognitive) is probably from this bad medicine. Except for this pill I am finally on NO maintenance meds. Can't wait to be off this too. God knows I am trying.
Re: Richard (# 33)
thank you. I take it for sleep only so just take at night. Couldn't figure out why it wasn't working then I remembered this article. When I originally read it I was not taking Leading. I used to get Ativan for many years. The Brand name is very cost prohibitive. I am taking L-Tryptophan from Bulk supplements and it is really working. Hoping that in time I won't need the Lorezepam.
Re: BigJoe (# 25)
thanks for sharing all of this. I thought I was getting sick with something terrible in the last 5 days I took this pill. My husband was getting concerned. It is nothing but sugar and additives. I doubt there is any active ingredient in this pill. I took 2 together and it made no difference. Maybe this company is figuring that the placebo effect will be in place...or something crazy like that.
Re: Dar (# 36)
I’m sorry Leading is not working for you...I was discussing this product with my psychopharmacologist who said that is the main problem with generics....for some a certain manufacturer may work great...but for others....not much at all......he’s says if you find one stick with it (yeah-no s***).......I doubt Leading is sugar plus additives, lol but for some it may work (or not work) like it does......I’m really sensitive to lorazepam (or no lorazepam) over the decades and I assure you I would know if there was no active ingredient...as I’ve stated before...a few hours past dosage and I end up in the ER......surely if it was just sugar I couldn’t take it for even a day......it DOES taste sweet though if I let it melt in my mouth.
Re: Dar (# 36)
The companies out of the country especially are allowed to cut the main ingredient by up to 20% and that is quite a big dose!! Rugby Labs/Major Pharmaceuticals are the companies distributing for Leading. I was told we need to forward all complaints to their websites!!
I'm an attempt to answer some of your questions posed to me I will do my best. Actavis absolutely does now and for the foreseeable future will continue to do so. And they seem to be the most consistent. I won't go into a lot of specifics but I had an independent lab as well as sending one back to them for testing. Still waiting on the results from Leading, my lab concluded "Leading Farma Brand 2mg Ativan were subpar, and it's significant enough that I have now aquired legal counsel as some of these medical terms are a little over my head. Sorry if I didn't answer your question directly, as I wasn't ignoring you, I am just staying within the guidelines my attorney has set forth. But as sure as the sun rises every morning, I am not just gonna let this go. I refuse. This is my Mother's healthcare at stake. And you don't mess with a Marines Mother. I'll update as I progress thru this process which I do fear may be lengthy. Regardless, I will NEVER accept Leading Pharma anything, that's a promise. Screw them, the F D A for letting them put this garbage on the market in the U.S. It sickens me that this could even happen. I'll check in when I can with results if anything actually changes. God Bless, hope some of you folks have resolved your issues.
Re: Big Joe (# 39)
Good luck persuing this Big Joe! Please keep all of us informed...I’m taking Leading now and have been for over a month after 6 years on Watson and 30 years on the name brand before that......2 mg 3 x day so it’s not a minor/sometimes thing. Not sure WHY Leading is working for me (and a few others here) but obviously not so for everyone......my latest prescription was filled with a ‘whiter’ Watson distributed by Actavis....I took a few..seemed okay but I haven’t been sufficiently convinced as yet.....hopefully it will be okay......I just wish companies would stop screwing around with generics as out lives (not $) depend on it.
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