propasaurus: And there's even a difference between generics from different manufacturers.
catmandu: I'm another who has one prescription that has to be brand (Wellbutrin. Even the FDA made a statement last October that the generic is found to be less effective than the brand) but I buy generic for everything else, script and OTC and have not had problems.
whistleridge: Do you have any Tylenol in your house? Not store-brand acetaminophen pills that you happen to refer to as Tylenol, but the real-deal Tylenol manufactured by Johnson & Johnson? How about Advil or Bayer aspirin? If you're a doctor, a nurse, or a pharmacist, the answer is probably no. If the answer is yes, you're wasting your money. And that's what an awful lot of us are doing, according to intriguing new research from the University of Chicago Business School into the strange economic underworld of pure branding effects.The author misspelled 'restatement of the screamingly obvious'. 1955 called, and they want their 'news' back.
Therion: I buy Advil instead of generic ibuprofen because the name brand comes with delicious candy coating that reminds me of the long-lost light brown M&Ms.
Todd300: Therion: I buy Advil instead of generic ibuprofen because the name brand comes with delicious candy coating that reminds me of the long-lost light brown M&Ms.This. sadly... so this./RIP brown m&m
TinyFist: Seeing as I have probably four types of medicine in my cabinet that have been there for going on a few years now....hang on, not sure. There's some headache stuff- actually, I think I used the last of the headache stuff, but it was generic. Not sure where it came from. There's some allergy pills- spend the extra money on Claritin, trust me. But I don't have to use that too often. I think there's some Bayer or ibuprofen in there? I know there are some Tums in there. I don't think I have any other meds at home. Maybe some anti-diarrhea pills?Anyways, wait, what were we talking about?
SwiftFox: But... but... genuine Bayer aspirin!!!
PacManDreaming: propasaurus: And there's even a difference between generics from different manufacturers.Yep, if you've ever bought store brand Omeprazole (Prilosec), then you know what I'm talking about. Kroger and Walgreen's brands suck. It's like they contain no Omeprazole in them at all. After two days of taking them, my acid reflux comes back.As far as aspirin and acetaminophen are concerned, I buy the huge bottle of the generic stuff.
Gyrfalcon: Generic ibuprofen makes my ulcer worse, but Advil has that extra coating that gets it past my upper GI tract. I can't take aspirin because it makes my tinnitus act up. When I was on this one antidepressant, I had to take the name brand, because there was something in the generic I was wildly allergic to (ha ha! sucks to be you, insurance company!) so my doctor had to write a special prescription specifying Name Brand Only.
propasaurus: I don't know about things like Advil and Tylenol, but I know there is a definite difference between some prescription drugs and their generic versions. And there's even a difference between generics from different manufacturers. The generic medication I take is much less effective than the brand name, with more side effects. And sometimes I'll be sent pills manufactured by different companies (in places like Mumbai) that vary greatly from one to the other. So, if I wasn't getting them through an insurance plan, and had unlimited resources to pay for the brand name, I'd get the real thing.
The All-Powerful Atheismo: Slate. Apply directly to the forehead.
bwilson27: I only take brand-name heroin
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