Is Mylan Lorazepam Discontinued? (Page 8)

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winjy Says:


My pharmacy told me that they can't buy mylan any more and they do not know if it is discontinued or not. Since Qualitest lorazepam was discontinued, Mylan is the only lorazepam that works (less effective than Qualitest) but works with less side effects than others (Watson, leading pharma, actavis: don't work causing serious side effects). Any alternatives, or another generic lorazepam that works ok? Lorazepam is the only sedative that works for me for anxiety and stiffness due to side effects of levothyroxine. Other medicine such as clonazepam, alprazolam (xanax), cymbalta, zoloft, lexapro, etc do not work.



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Marcus Says:

I found that when Wellbutrin XL was found to be ineffective, it was not discovered by the FDA but by ConsumerLab from consumers contacting them, and they eventually tested Wellbutrin XL and found it wasn't as potent as it should be. The FDA then acted only after that.

There is a form on their site where you can note problems you are having with a generic and they use that to determine which drugs to test:

https:/­/­www.consumerlab.com/­GenericReport.asp

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ed Says:

Re: Jamie (# 29)

Yes, Mylan...is the best brand...with no negative side effects. Why, since Trump took office...has the good meds...gone by the wayside? Obomacare...did not stop good meds.

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Blueray Says:
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Re: ed (# 142)

What is the best alternative to Mylan?

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Marcus Says:

Re: Blueray (# 143)

So far for me it had been the brand name, which wasn't as good but still OK.

Aurobindo seems to be variable quality, as in some pills seem to have potency and some don't and seemed to cause withdrawal in me (though I will say the first month on it I did not feel that).

I am going to try the Teva/Actavis next (the ones that have the Watson imprint on them but aren't actually Watson).

I might try to get my provider to try to convince my insurance to cover brand again if that doesn't work, but my insurance understandably doesn't want to pay thousands for the brand name. I'm pretty sure they're going to deny it because of the plan I'm on now. It used to be covered.

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Re: Marcus (# 144)

I had to transition from Mylan to Aurobindo for the 0.5mg tablet back in June. I take 0.25 mg three times during the day using the 0.5mg tablets. That transition was fine.

The problem is with the 1mg nighttime dose.
When I tried the Aurobindo once I felt like I took nothing and was in severe withdrawal at 4am. I’ve never felt that bad before. When I went back to Mylan 1mg I was fine.

Should I try a slightly higher dose of Aurobindo at bedtime? Maybe 1.25mg instead of 1? I am really nervous about this.

Mylan has worked so well for me for 6 years.

Any advice is appreciated.

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Marcus Says:

Re: Blueray (# 145)

That's interesting to hear about the variability in the tablets between the 0.5 and 1 mg tablets. It doesn't surprise based on the employee reviews I've read about batch variations for the Aurolife factory. I as well have been in the worst feeling withdrawal of my life. It has felt to me what people describe going off cold-turkey as being like.

If your 0.5 mg tablets work fine, they couldn't your doctor write it out for the same equivalent amount as the 1 mg tablets? So you would take two 0.5 mg tablets at night.

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Jibbs55 Says:
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Re: Blueray (# 143)

Brand name Ativan if you can find it. Their patient assistance program says they can't get it. The pharmacy the program uses says they're only allow so much a year. I'm not quite sure how that make sense. So they just put their patients in a tailspin out the clear blue sky. That's where I've been. Been stuck on Watson for 3 months in withdrawals and the quality of my life is going downhill. Wished there was something else I could take but I've been on it all.

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Jibbs55 Says:
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Re: Blueray (# 145)

Were you able to get Mylan still? Reason why I've asked is Mylan has been out since last year. Did someone in your area stockpile it? You said you transitioned from it in June. (Mylan)

Also not sure what you're saying about taking 0.25. Are you saying you split the 0.5mgs to get the 0.25? Forgive me if my math is off.

Also not sure how you guys were getting Aurobindo. My understanding was it just hit the market I believe within the last 6 months. I could be off.

But your best bet is if you have private insurance that will pay for brand-name Ativan I'd go that route.

I still feel that we're all feeling drug withdrawals switching from one brand to another.

But again I'd go with the brand name if you have a good insurance policy that will cover it.

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Jibbs55 Says:
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Re: Marcus (# 146)

Trust me Marcus when I say this. If you've never gone cold turkey or through a detox what we're experiencing now isn't even close. I've done both. It's a hell that nobody should be subjected to.

I went a day and a half without anything and it was bad. That was in a psych ward. The environment I was in was unreal. That was one experience.

In the 80's I went into a detox center with the hopes that I could manage without being on anything to control my mental health issues. That was thee biggest mistake I've ever made hands down.

They knew why I was coming in and was treated as a criminal drug addict. I had only been on Xanax for like 3-4 months. Was told coming off Xanax would be like coming off Heroin.

I wasn't told to go in, this was my idea. I didn't want to be dependent on medication. They treated me like I said as a regular drug addict. And most places you go these days will think you're in denial. I was just a young man at that time and was a first-time user of Xanax. As in the first time ever on a benzodiazepine.

The saying, sometimes you're a bug, sometimes you're the windshield. Ugh!

This too shall pass...

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Jibbs55 Says:
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One thing I'm not sure any of you are aware of. But there is a device called Alpha stim. Is similar to a tens device. I've had some breakthrough days using it for panic disorder, depression and PTSD.

I don't think you can post links out here so I won't. Just Google Alpha-stim they have a lot of info on their website. It's a very expensive device but your insurance may cover it. I believe you have to have a prescription for.

Just something I wanted to throw out there at you guys to see if it might be beneficial for you. :)

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