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Trouble switching to generic drug.

* Trouble Switching to Generic Drug: To S.M., N. Mankato, Minnesota: You report side effects after switching from Ativan to a generic version and have heard that drug manufacturers can reduce the strength of generics by 40 percent. Our nation's laws require that all drugs (both trade name and generic) meet the same specifications for exactness in their dose. To be approved as a generic drug, the drug company must prove to the FDA that their generic version has the same dosage, safety, quality, and strength as the brand-name product. In addition, the generic product must be similar in the way that it works, the way that it is taken, and the way that it should be used. Some variation may occur in the drug's inactive ingredients, and this may cause side effects in some sensitive people. For example, a person may be allergic to a certain type of dye that is used in the generic (but not brand name) product. I would offer two recommendations: try a different generic manufacturer and talk to your doctor about using a different drug within the same drug class to see if better results occur.
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Title Annotation:From the Pharmacy
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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