Why Do Different Manufacturers Of Pills Have Varying Effects

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Maggie Says:
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Does anyone know if you get a different looking pill from another pharmacy of the same medicine but a different manufacturer makes it, would it make you feel different? I know that question doesn't make sense but I don't know how else to word it. *I revised my question a little different. I went to a different pharmacy to get my prescription filled the pills were different looking and from a different manufacturer. Would the pills make you feel funny if not from the same manufacturer you had been taking for years?



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Maggie! How are you?

Yes, your question actually does make sense, so please don't worry, or feel the need to apologize.

Under the Hatch Waxman Act of 1984, generic medications are allowed to differ from the name brand, in the amount of the active ingredient, by as much as plus or minus 20%, this was done to help bring generics to market faster, to create competition, and try to keep prices lower. However, they do not have to measure against each, only against the name brand. Thus, one generic could vary from another. For example, if you were taking a 100mg tablet of any given medication, then receive one manufactured by a different company, that new one might match the original exactly, or range anywhere from being as low as 80mgs, or as high as 120mgs, in the amount of the active ingredient(s).

Thus, overall, the answer is yes, it could make you feel different, either due to increased side effects, or due to withdrawal effects, depending on the fluctuation involved.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Kay Says:

They can. My pharmacy switched suppliers for my generic tranxene & the new pills do not work as quickly or as well for my anxiety. I talked to the pharmacist & he just shrugged his shoulders. Said he couldn't get it from the other supplier. BTW the 2 suppliers are Mylan and Taro. Taro is the inferior one.

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