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Re: generic's at the pharmacy dondon

Posted by yxibow on September 25, 2006, at 23:43:33

In reply to generic's at the pharmacy, posted by dondon on September 25, 2006, at 20:35:43

> My doctor writes on my prescriptions "Paxil" and "Lamictal" but when i go to the pharmacy they give me the generic..."paroxetine hcl" and "lamotrigine" Are they the same?


Those are the drug names for the brand names.


Your insurance probably provides for generics when available. This probably will open up the whole generic-original debate but generic Paxil (paroxetine HCl) has been available for 2 years in the US, if that is where you are. Generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) is available in Canada only at this point, so I can't tell you whether what you're receiving is generic or original. If you're in Canada,

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iyh-vsv/med/med-gen_e.html
will tell you Health Canada's information on generic drugs which is basically similar to the FDAs view I would imagine.

 

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