Sandoz Vs Watson Ativan

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joseph p okeefe rn Says:


my patient tells me that Sandoz 0.5mg Ativan works for him and Watson Ativan 0.5mg does not. it makes him feel hazy.


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Verwon Says:

Hi, Joseph!

What many people, even those in the medical profession aren't aware of, is that there are some differences between generic medications.

The FDA actually allows them to fluctuate from the name brand in the amount of the active ingredient by as much as plus or minus 20%.

(This is under the Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984, if you'd like to research it for reference.)

The FDA considers that fluctuation amount to be therapeutically insignificant, and for most people it is.

However, what happens is that generic manufacturers aren't required to measure against each other, only against the amount that was in the original name brand. Most people still never notice a difference, but for those that are sensitive to medications, there can sometimes be problems.

Thus, what is most likely happening is that the one from Sandoz has the perfect amount for him in it and works great, but the slight fluctuation when switching to the one from Watson is just too much for him and is creating the problem he's experiencing.

You can learn more Ativan details here.

In most cases, since this is a 0.5mg dosage and the difference is so very small, his body will eventually adjust after a few weeks and he'll start to feel normal again.

However, if his pharmacy is constantly switching from one to the other, it could get very annoying.

If he has insurance, then the best option may be to prescribe it as 'brand medically necessary", so they can't provide him with a generic and he'll no longer have to deal with any fluctuations, he'll just have to get used to taking the name brand for whatever short period of time it takes for his body to adjust.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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francine Says:
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So I've been taking lorazepam for a few months, just noticed they switched from Sandoz to Watson. What is the difference?

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Dave Says:
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I find Sandoz lorazepam to be the best generic lorazepam on the market available.

This of course represents my opinion.

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Dianne Says:
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I feel him big time. The Sandoz lorazepam is much better then the Watson. I have been on Sandoz for almost 6 yrs now and helped me cope with my aniexty. Watson does nothing for me

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RobynHood Says:
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Verwon (# 1) --

Apparently Sandoz is experiencing delayed production for adderall. I have no idea what to do. My script will run out in a few days and my other options: teva and Mallinckrodt make me nauseated and sleepy. Does anyone know how I could get brand name without paying full price? I could see myself having sleepless nights and losing my job. I don’t have health insurance and if I do get it now, it won’t cover it.

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RayRein Says:

RobynHood (# 5) --

This thread is about ATIVAN -- not ADDERALL (a different drug).

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JLL Says:
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How come the small white round Ativan pill with the number 241 doesn't have any medicine taste? It's from Watson company. Can anybody answer this question for me? Does it mean anything? They seem to help, they don't seem to be that strong but they work. I just want to know why there is no medicine taste?

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