What Are Good Manufacturers Of Sertraline That People Find Effective

denise Says:

I've been taking Zoloft then Sertraline for twenty years and I'm SURE the brand is not the same. For the past few years, I've become very depressed again, but never thought it might be because of a lousy manufacturer (as happened with Lorazepam when Watson was bought by lousy Actavis). Does anyone know a good, effective BRAND of Sertraline that has helped them a lot with depression?

I order from Costco but can't figure out the brand on the label - will call tomorrow and ask. What a jungle this is becoming. Just not right.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Denise! How are you?

After being on it for 20 years, it is also possible that your body had just become tolerant to it and it no longer works as well for you. It is completely normal for that to happen and it usually will eventually happen with anything from blood pressure medications to blood thinners.

As to figuring out the who manufactures it, I can look it up, if you can post back with a description of the tablets and the markings on them.

The FDA lists the side effects of Sertaline/Zoloft as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and weight gain.

I looked to see which one my roommate takes for his depression and it's manufactured by Lupin Pharmaceuticals.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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denise Says:

Oh you're so nice to offer help. I'll try Lupin if this new one (Green Mountain) doesn't work. I was on Northstar and it seemed like a dud (200mg, eeeks). I'm going to check my very old records, see if I can find the original brand I started on in 1993.

It's true after taking Sertraline for so many years, sometimes efficacy wears down. HOWEVER, I am never ever ever going to go through getting off an antidepressant and going through the hideous trial and error to find another one. This works, maybe not as well, but it works.

I'll ask my shrink re adding something to boost the Sertraline. Many many thanks.

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Martin Says:

Have you considered going back to Zoloft? For me it's smoother than any sertraline I've tried, though it does have it's own side effects. Every manufacturer I've ordered from has resulted in different side effects. I think some of it has to do with how your brain is wired, or how it rewires to adapt to the types of sertraline you've taken.

There are several ways to reduce the cost of name brand Zoloft. If you don't have insurance you can get a discount card. If you're on 50mg have your doctor write a prescription for 100mg with instructions to take 1/2 a day. If you do 2 of these things you'll be surprised how low the cost is.

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denise Says:

Thank you. I have contacted Pfizer and they sent me something including a card. Just been so tired with reverse sleep haven't had a chance to look it over. I wonder if anyone here has had insomnia due to Zoloft or Sertraline?

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denise Says:

Thanks for info re Lupin. Cannot go off Sertraline/Zoloft as I couldn't handle the pretty awful withdrawal symptoms. Going to stick with either Zoloft (got discount or free (?) card from Pfizer or tr Lupin.

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Julie Says:

I have had drowsiness & insomnia w/ the Aurobindo generic sertraline, but did not have that problem (as well as other miserable side effects like migraines & nausea) while taking the same dosage from Greenstone. I have reported my experience to the FDA. Yes, it was THAT bad. After 4 days of sleepy, but no sleep, I became quite agitated & was beginning to be schizophrenic.

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Babz Says:

I too have been on Zoloft for over 30 years and now there isn't an insurance policy in all of Medicare that will cover it. I am freaking out because I have tried sertraline and had a terrible relapse with depression. I'm sticking with my job right now just to get the health insurance for the medicine. If you know of any other brands besides lupine that might be good please be so kind to post. And thanks to all of you who contributed.
The brand I tried was Greenway.

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Kurto Says:

I got the real stuff from Canada. In the US, Zoloft 100 mgs. cost ten bucks a pill. I just started taking the foreign-produced Zoloft and there is definitely a positive effect. I don't know how well it works but the alternative I chose not to even though it's free from my insurance/pharmacy. I heard that Walgreens had a generic that was produced by Greenstone and it worked good. Now my Walgreens does not carry Greenstone Sertraline anymore and the replacement does not really work. The reason why Greenstone worked when others don't, Greenstone is a subsidiary of Pfizer. No wonder it worked.

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Ruth Says:

I would love to take Zoloft. I was very happy on it, but now it costs 900.00 for a 3 month supply. It is the only thing that works for me. SERTRALINE DOES NOT WORK. Still depressed and not happy at all. Very cranky.

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Rachel Says:

Re: Ruth (# 9) Expand Referenced Message

My pharmacy no longer can get the sertraline I've been taking, I have called all my local pharmacy none carry it either, so I asked if I can switch back to Zoloft $629 for a month supply, needless to say I had to take the genetic brand Walmart had, I'm so scared to take these, as I know not all sertraline is the same with different manufacturers.

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Noanie Says:

Re: Kurto (# 8) Expand Referenced Message

What is the name of the Canadian pharmacy that you used please?

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Wendus Says:

Just got switched to Accord manufactured Sertraline from Greenstone and after 3 days of headaches I am now experiencing the headache and nausea! Walgreens just told me prescription if not covered by my insurance will be over $1300 / month. You've got to be kidding me!!!

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Deb Says:

Re: Wendus (# 12) Expand Referenced Message

The only generic sertraline that works for me is Greenstone. How can they just stop making a medication that we’ve successfully taken for so many years? It’s so frustrating!

Thankfully, Pfizer does have the discount card, so I’ve been paying $45 per month for brand name Zoloft since Greenstone became unavailable.

My pharmacist suggested that while I have access to discounted Zoloft, I should try a generic sertraline to see how it works. That way I’ll have an effective generic to fall back on if the Pfizer discount is no longer available. I may do that, but her idea doesn’t sound like much fun to me!

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Wendus Says:

Re: Rachel (# 10) Expand Referenced Message

Call Pfizer's Patient Assistance Program: 1-866-706-2400

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Tony Says:

Re: Julie (# 6) Expand Referenced Message

Greenstone is the generics division of Pfizer, who created Zoloft. I had no problems switching from Zoloft to the Greenstone generic (Sertraline). Greenstone stopped making Sertraline in July 2017. I have had terrible side effects with Sertraline made by Aurobindo, Cambria and Lupine. I now pay for the brand Zoloft. The FDA needs to fix this! The generic manufacturers need to find out how Pfizer makes Zoloft!

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CuteNameHere Says:

Re: Wendus (# 12) Expand Referenced Message

Had the same problem at Walgreens! I was able to request Aurobindo which worked well for me but others have had issues. Have never taken the generic.

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Sara Z Says:

Re: Wendus (# 12) Expand Referenced Message

I am also having the exact same issues from my Walgreens Accord Sertraline. My Walgreens recently switched also. The nausea is waking me in the middle of the night and the headaches are relentless. I started this new bottle on March 3rd and have had anxiety and panic attacks numerous times this month. I have been on Sertraline for ten plus years and this is the first time I have ever experienced this. Were you able to find a solution?

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Sara Z Says:

Re: CuteNameHere (# 16) Expand Referenced Message

I am having the same issue at Walgreens currently. I do not like the new manufacturer- Accord. Was Walgreens able to provide the Aurobindo the same day requested or did they have to order it? Also, was it part of their script program? Thank you!

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Wendus Says:

Re: Sara Z (# 17) Expand Referenced Message

Yes. I contacted Pfizer's Patient Assistance Program and told them about the problem and they sent me to the Co-pays Program which gave me a discount card. I highly recommend trying this out!! Good luck!!

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Wendus Says:

Re: Deb (# 13) Expand Referenced Message

I think it's an idea but I'm with you. The two generics I've tried in the last month we're not good fits at all. The one I haven't tried is Lupin. But I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!

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Kk Says:

I can't stand when people say generics are the same. They are not!!!!! Aurobindo gets ride of depression, but it also speeds me up, North Star brand does nothing for me except drop my blood sugar. Yes. Ssri cause hypoglycemia for some.

I am looking as well for a good generic

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Tony Says:

Re: Darkene (# 29) Expand Referenced Message

If Aurobindo's version of Sertraline works for you, find a pharmacy that stocks it. You can call the pharmacies in your area and ask if they stock Sertraline made by Aurobindo. I can tell within a day if a company's generic Sertraline is giving me side effects including agitation, restlessness, irritability, physical tension, insomnia. Zoloft is a very smooth SSRI. I don't know why the generic pills give me the symptoms similar to Serotonin Syndrome but the FDA needs to label all generic Sertraline with a WARNING. How many people feel terrible and don't know it's due to generic Sertraline? How many people have given up hope because they blame themselves and not the "bad medicine" for making them unable to function? Is it time for a Class Action Lawsuit against the companies that make these generics?

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Darkene Says:

Re: Sara Z (# 18) Expand Referenced Message

I have had this issue, aurobindo was working great and then one month got the accord refill instead which after a month was terrible for me. Went back to aurobindo and slowly felt better. So out of fear of this keep happening I switched to Zoloft. I have to say that I think the aurobindo generic worked better for me. I have noticed after 2 months not feeling as good. Wondering has anyone else had this experience? I hate to risk the eneric game but I have not been feeling great, and I hate this depression pain!

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Wendus Says:

Re: SuishiQ (# 21) Expand Referenced Message

Will your insurance cover the Zoloft? If it's over $130/month call Pfizer's Patient Services back and let them know.

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april Says:

Re: Tony (# 26) Expand Referenced Message

That's really too bad. I actually asked my pharmacist about greenstone today and he told me to call a few days before my refill and he would try to get sertraline from a different manufacturer. I also called my insurance company and they agreed that they would cover the name brand zoloft with a doctor's preauthorization. Hopefully the brand name will get me back on track. Thanks for your response, it was helpful and it's nice knowing that I'm not crazy when everyone looks at me like I am because I begin ranting about how generics are different from name brands, lol

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Tony Says:

Re: April (# 25) Expand Referenced Message

Consider trying Sertraline made by Aurobindo but at a lower dose than you normally take. Call your local pharmacies to see who carries Aurobindo. I think some of the problems we are having with these generics is the dose is higher than the original Zoloft. You will know within a day or two if a lower dose decreases the anxiety/irritability side effect. Get 50 mg pills so you can break them in half to fine tune the dose that's right for you. Unfortunately, Pfizer stopped making their generic version of Zoloft under the company named Greenstone.

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April Says:

Re: Wendus (# 20) Expand Referenced Message

I've been on lupin for years now and it didn't work like the brand name zoloft. It works differently for different people but my experience hasn't been good. I can move my head a little and I get dizzy, I'm anxious, and I feel nauseated most of the time. Name brand didn't do this.

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April Says:

Re: SuishiQ (# 21) Expand Referenced Message

Try calling your insurance company and telling them that the generic gives you side effects. I did this and they told me to get my doctor to fill out a preauthorization form and fax it over and they'll cover it

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April Says:

I was on name brand zoloft for over 6 years before my pharmacy switched me without my knowing to sertraline, manufactured by lupin. I felt horrible dizziness, headaches, and nausea for weeks and then it pooped out recently. My insurance denied coverage for the name brand, so I call themed up and they said they will cover it but with a preauthorization from my doctor which she is doing now.

I never had any issues with brand name zoloft. When I began taking sertralin manuf by lupin it didn't work the same way. I mean the panic attacks are less but the anxiety is always still there when it wasn't before

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Wencat Says:

Re: SuishiQ (# 21) Expand Referenced Message

My insurance company won't cover the name brand. So Pfizer gave me a discount card.

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