What Is The Generic Equivalent Of "brand Xanax"? (Page 3)

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Theresa Says:


Been on BRAND XANAX FOR 20 YRS-PANIC ATTACKS/SEVERE ANXIETY; TAKE 9MGS/DAY AND AS NEEDED FOR PANIC ATTACKS. USED TO TAKE UPJOHN, now PFIZER BRAND - both said XANAX 1.0 mg; BLUE FOOTBALL.

TRYING TO FIND CLOSEST EQUIVALENT IN "GENERIC" BECAUSE INSURANCE NO LONGER COVERS "BRAND XANAX" AND IT IS 2.80$ A PILL. TRIED 3 GENERIC ALPROZALAM'S AND 2 DID NOTHING, 1 WAS JUST SEDATING....

TRIED SANDOZ GG TOP/258 BOTTOM/ACTIVIS R039 LONG YELLOW BAR - 2.0MG/AND GREENSTONE GENERIC (PFIZER)... SANDOZ WAS VERY SEDATING AND DIDN'T STOP PANIC OR ANXIETY.

WHICH GENERIC ALPROZALAM HAS "SAME OR CLOSEST AMOUNT - OR MORE OF THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT" AND LASTS 4-6 HRS IN 1.0MG?

DOC'S BEHIND ME AND SO IS MY GREAT PHARMACIST WHO ORDERS EVERY ONE HE CAN FIND - BUT NONE THAT WORK THE SAME. I CAN'T AFFORD 800$/MONTH! PLEASE PLEASE HELP - ON DISABILITY AND THEY TOOK ALL THE BENZO'S OFF FORMULARY...DON'T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING...GOING W/O FOOD & CLOTHES & GAS JUST TO AFFORD MY MEDS...THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH!



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Pebs Says:
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I found a pill blue in color oval shaped N 028 on one side and 1 on the other. Can someone please tell me wat it is? I s told it is a Columbian med Xanax

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Jane Says:
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Brands and manufacturers do matter, generic brands have to have at least 30% of the chemical up to 70% making the results from different brands vary. I've been prescribed .5 for a little over two years for PTSD. These people don't need to be judged or belittled. I am aware, that benzodiazepines can cause dependency. But so do all other medications for mental illness, like antidepressants. benzodiazepines and pain killers can cause a dependency but their a much more dire problems with them and why you need to be careful while taking either one or both.

1) they are not meant to be taken together because the combination of the two can be fatal (I'm surprised you've been prescribed both; however I also don't know how you're dr has instructed you to take them. I'm not trying to make it sound like you don't need them or that your dr doesn't know what he is doing. You just really have to pay attention and monitor how you're taking them).

2) both of these drugs can be highly addictive

3) you WILL build a tolerance of these drugs over time needing higher and higher doses. But the doses only become so high and once you've reached such a high tolerance you begin taking more pills than instructed which lead to addiction and overdosing. Painkiller dependency can make people very very ill but once they've reached such a high tolerance the pills have little to no effect and OxyContin and oxycodone are just synthetic opiates and 85% of illicit drug addicts were given prescription painkillers.

With all that in mind be careful and monitor your medicine intake carefully and if you think there is a problem or worried about developing a tolerance/dependency/addiction don't be afraid to speak up and ask your doctor questions.

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Jane Doe Says:
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Xanax is a drug you build a tolerance for. And sometimes your anxiety can worsen.

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Jane Doe Says:
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Xanax dependency/withdrawals can cause seizures. And I can get more accomplished and focus better when I take my .5. I think this l is because I have so much anxiety going on in my head that it makes it impossible to stay focused. your anxiety takes up all your energy so the less anxiety you have the more energy you have.

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Jane Doe Says:
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Any brand of Xanax you will build a tolerance for. If your tolerance is extremely high I would highly recommend speaking to your psychiatrist. Medication that you build a tolerance for can be dangerous for example: "Three a day it isn't working so why not try four" and the number of pills and the milagram dosage all grow. Dependency/withdrawal effects for benzodiazepines include seizures. This can also lead to addiction and to overdosing. Don't every take more than the recommended dose on the bottle. Also, this medication gives only momentarily relief, your over all anxiety will most likely worsen unless you attend therapy and find a healthy source of stress relief such as exercising, reading, painting, writing, taking the dog for a walk. Etc
I have PTSD and am prescribed .5 mg and finding the right kind of medication is half the battle, therapy and a creating a positive lifestyle are the second part. Also Actavis is a horrible manufacturer the sandos worked better for me.

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Alassin Sane Says:

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I take generic xanax-4 a day for last 11 years and you are right about a lot of things. Prolonged use of benzo's and many other medications causes a tolerance. It doesnt take that long to get a tolerance for benzos but generally, if taken as prescribed and take only when needed-one can delay tolerance for years. Its key though to not take more and to not take if the anxiety is just mild bc there are other things to do or take if the anxiety can be dealt with another way, I am allowed to take 4 a day but it wouldnt be prudent for me totake what im allowed esp since everyday isnt a hellish anxiety laden day.
Also, I can see why someone said that they thought you werent a doctor. I was a nurse, my twin sister is a doctor,mom a nurse and Dad and Uncle and and many good friends are doctors. When you said Alprazolam is Alpraazolam-I guess meaning that no matter what brand-they are all the same. Well that is completely false. I used to believe that until i was switched to a different brand of xanax and it does not work the same way as it it not nearly as effective.Also, its true-The FDA allows generics to have different fillers which can alter how the body breaks down the pill and they allow a percentage (20%plus or minus) of the active ingredient that 'does the work' to vary in generic brands-where as the Brand name drug doesnt vary. When the Brand name says a pill is 1mg-its 1 mg. The FDA changed these requirememts under The Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984. 20% less is quite significant.

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EDDY Says:

Re: Alassin Sane (# 46)

I do not believe you build a tolerance and need to take more though. I almost died from Xanax and now take 33% less. People become obsessed with their Xanax and much of this is in their mind, mainly where will I find my next dose. Sure there might be a better company out there or a pill with fillers that might not agree with you but for every -20% pill you might run into in theory you see a +20% pill

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Alassin Sane Says:

What generic form of xanax works the best? Dava doesn't work. Can anyone share their experience with taking the many different generic forms of xanax? Was on brand name for several years and they worked great. Years later was switched to Sandoz and no complaints. Now on Dava brand imprint s 902 and they are horrible. Have to take more pills and im still not getting the same results. HELP! I'm already stressed-shouldn't have to stress about the fact that legally, all generics ARE NOT REQUIRED to have the same amount of the active ingredient in the brand name.

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Alassin Sane Says:
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Re: EDDY (# 47)

Just bc you ‘believe’ that tolerance doesn’t develop in benzodiazepine use certainly does not make it true. In fact, you are totally wrong. Also, for you to generalize about everyone worrying about their next pill ..... is also a load of crap. You couldn’t be more wrong for those of us that are suffering from diagnosed anxiety disorders. Around 85-90% of mentally ill people that are prescribed xanax take it as prescribed and do not become addicts. They do however become sensitized to It and dependent on it. Addiction and dependence are 2 totally different things. My case in point. I’ve been taking Xanax for 11 years and my dr started me out on 8mg a day for severe anxiety and panic. I’ve tapered down to 4mg a day but only take it a few times a week now-as needed. Stupidity, I used to take it everyday bc I was following dr.s orders. I heard that it was not necessary to take four pills a day but I am aware that anyone taking benzo’s for any length of time over three weeks should not stop on their own. I have a surplus of over 55 Xanax right now and I can refill it in 10 days. Stop stereotyping people and lumping everyone in one category especially since you really have no idea what you are talking about. I’ve been on many medications and have never had a problem like this except for with my thyroid medication. Medications affect every individual differently-so what works for me might not work for someone else. But everyone has a better chance for the medicine to work more evenly for everyone what it is the brand name. Every generic changes the recipe a little bit Making it a little less stable and predictable then the brand name or The generic that you could become accustomed to. Brand names have rigorous FDA guidelines During the research and development phase and of course during the clinical trials. Generics don’t have to do any of that and are allowed to stray from the exact ingredients from the brand name drugs. The different fillers and other extraneous ingredients added to generic pills do effect and can alter how the body processes and absorbs medications.

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Alassin Sane Says:
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Re: EDDY (# 47)

I also wanted to correct you on a couple of other things Eddy- if you’re talking about the rumor that generic pills very play plus or -20% that is a completely false claim. Also, if you nearly died from taking Xanax then what doctor in his right mind would give it to you again? Sidenote – they developed benzodiazepines because the air to anxiety meds they used before that were barbiturates and they really did kill people by accident old overdose and purposeful overdose. I have 3 doctors in my immediate family and I was a nurse-so I’ve done my homework. A close friend of mine was one of the research doctors it in my age that conducted the research and clinical tomorrow is on Xanax. He actually didn’t think that it was a good idea to put it on the market. You should really try to fact check your stuff before you write it. I try to but I make mistakes sometimes. It’s just hard for mentally ill people to automatically be stereotyped as addicts because they need a medication to get through life. Like I said, moderation is key and only take it when you need it.

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Alassin Sane Says:
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Re: Alassin Sane (# 46)

I was totally wrong and misinformed on several websites that said generics can be plus or -20% difference in dosage strength. Simply not true and we really need to get the message out there this is false information and I see it everywhere. Peace- having a stressful day today – haven’t taken it is in excellence last Thursday so back to the DAVA brand that suck.


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SheriAmore Says:
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Re: JohnnyG (# 19)

OH WOW!! I never realized that there was less active ingredients in generic..I thought it was only the fillers that were different! I've never been on name brand Xanax..only Alprazolam. I'm on the lowest..0.25 @ 5x per day & it IS sedating, although a couple of times I required more than that & I got the opposite effect...not sedating & it made me angry too...weird! So are you saying that brand name XANAX doesn't have the sedating or anger side effects in you?? I'm gonna have to look into that!! Thank you Theresa & Verwon.

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BALDWIN Says:
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Re: RABAIL DEAN from houlihans the anniversary dinner (# 13)

Your a medical professional and have all your info mixed up, that's not safe for anyone under your care. Also if you can't spell the category benzodiazepines correctly then how do you know what mg or even the proper prescribing procedures of scheduled or even non scheduled medications. Go back and read your DSM & PDR.

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SayWhat Says:
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Re: RABAIL DEAN from houlihans the anniversary dinner (# 13)

I don't believe that you are a doctor. You need to spell check before you post. I don't think anyone is looking for medical advice from a so call anonymous internet doctor on a comentary board site. Also checked Medical Board in MO and you are not listed.

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G2371 Says:
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Re: Rchhoward (# 10)

All 3 bars are 2mgs of alorazolam. They don’t make 2.5mg or 3mg in the instant release formula. You should probably do a little more research because you are giving out wrong information.

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