Teva Vs Actavis - Are They The Same?

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Cp4499 Says:
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I’ve been taking half of .5 Teva clonazepam for 10+ years. When I refilled my prescription I got the same dose but Actavis brand. I don’t seem to feel the same
I have slight headache , jittery and spacey
Not sure if it’s because I’m a hypochondriac and creating this stress or is it because the actavis brand is that much different than Teva ?

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Kevin Says:

Hello Cp4499,

While the two brands do contain the same active ingredient it is possible that you are reacting to the differences in inactive ingredients. Below I have provided some info I sourced from the NIH.

Actavis contains these inactive ingredients

D&C RED NO. 30

Teva contains the these inactive ingredients


It is certainly possible that you are reacting to the lack of povidone K90 or the change in colorings. If you continue to have these problems I would recommend that you discuss it with your primary care physician and see if they are willing to run some tests or provide you with an alternate solution.

I hope this helps.

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Cp4499 Says:
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Kevin (# 1) --

Thank you for the information
Do you know why the lack of Povidone K90
Would possibly create this feeling ? What does this ingredient do ?

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Byrjun Says:

Cp4499 (# 2) --

You're not the only one who has had problems. I hope things are going a little better for you now. There's a theory that somehow the povidone k90 helped the medicine to last longer, almost like an XR version. Not sure if this is true, but I've seen it on other forums talking about how people are having trouble without the TEVA brand. I am currently on the name brand after trying Actavis, Solco, and Teva wafers. All made me sick in one way or another, but I am very very sensitive to medication and ingredients so it doesn't surprise me at all. I've only been on the brand name for one day but I still don't feel like I would if I had had the TEVA brand.

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Cperry4499 Says:
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Byrjun (# 3) --

Thank you for responding. I’m just now feeling better. It took a couple of months to adjust. Still say Teva is better. If they started making it again I would switch back
Hope you feel better soon !!!
For me a few things help with my anxiety
1. Try to relax not stress out (not easy)
2. Keep positive. The mind is a powerful thing
3. Exercise
4. Clonazepam

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Kassie Says:

Byrjun (# 3) --

Are you still taking the name brand? How is it working for you? My doctor switched me to Diazepam 5mg (actually made by TEVA) and I only took a half of one and OMG ... NOT good for me. I felt like I was going to vomit for hours and also felt SO SLEEPY I could barely keep my eyes open, and it didn't take away the anxiety (chest tightness, shortness of breath). I am going back to my doctor after he is back in office after the New Year and he is going to write me to try the name brand Klonipin. I am super sensitive to medications and ingredients as well and I am even scared to try the name brand now. Just wanted to see how you were doing on it.

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