Getting a prescription filled is something we are all familiar with. But when your doctor is writing you a prescription, do you think to ask for the generic version of the drug that is being prescribed?

In case you didn’t realize it, generic versions of brand name drugs are not all that different. Check out our infographic below to learn more.

Generic vs. Brand Drugs

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Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration


  1. I was placed on a generic drug and my response to it was not what the doctor hoped it would be. My doctor then placed me on the brand name drug and I did better. My issue is… The generic cost me $54 a month. The brand name cost $978 a month. That is a steep difference! The pills look identical. I can’t tell the generic from the brand name in just looking at them. On my 2nd round of the brand name drug I again wasn’t responding as well. My husban and I think we are paying $978 for the brand name but are being given the generic. As I said, they look identical. How can we be certain we are getting the brand name drug???


  2. I use a generic alternative whenever available and my pharmacist approves of it. It is safe, effective and more affordable.


  3. They’ve rather give us generic cuz it’s cheaper but then again the side effects is very severe in my case and doesn’t have any effect on me


  4. I would have to disagree with you. Notice how the description above says generic’s have to “perform approximately”….this is where patients are getting into trouble !! I had a very unfortunate experience that cost Blue Cross and Blue Shield over $12,000 in unnecessary tests because I received a generic drug VS a brand-name from a pharmacy that switched it. My prescription was for a “brand name” ONLY and it was filled with a generic substitution. There is not enough time to go into detail about how this ruined my life for over six months!! You have to be very careful when switching to a generic drug and make sure that they do blood tests to titrate certain medications because generics are NOT always equivalent to brand names in some drugs. I was fortunate to get the “Brand Name Medicine” back and instantly I felt better. Sometimes medicine’s are not therapeutically equivalent!! Be very cautious and communicate with your doctor if you plan on switching from a brand name drug to a generic substitution or a different brand name. Some medicines will work fine in the “generic form” but you need to be aware that it can cause severe side effects switching between different brands or to generic drugs!! My medication was Synthroid and I got Levothyroxine-generic brand. At the time this happened there was no generic substitution for Synthroid but there is now. I have to ask myself…”Will insurance companies and pharmacies sacrifice people’s health for money?” I believe the answer is YES!! I bet most of you didn’t know that pharmacies have what they call PBM’s, which stands for “Pharmacy Benefit Manager’s” and their job is to make sure that the pharmacy has the largest profit margin with the drugs that that they fill prescriptions with. It’s a very slippery slope when you don’t take your own healthcare seriously and do your own research before you make big decisions like this. Switching to a generic drug could cause serious health effects!! Some questions you might ask …
    – Is the “generic” therapeutically equivalent?
    – Do I need to have further blood tests to make sure my levels stay the same ?(yes you do!!)
    – Are there different side effects with the generic versus the brand-name ?
    Are there certain classes of drugs that are not therapeutically equivalent? (Yes there are!!)
    I hope this post saves someone from the pain that I was caused from a switch to a generic drug!! I really wanted to get my message out because I believe there are several people that have thyroid problems that have been diagnosed with “fibromyalgia” or similar symptoms and simply got switched to “generic drugs” by pharmacies or their physician and they are suffering needlessly. I hope this has shed some light to a very serious epidemic that I think is happening in our country. In the end, I think it’s all about money$$. The odd thing to me is …”how much money is Blue Cross and Blue Shield paying out in unnecessary testing because they are promoting switching to generic drugs without careful precautions for the patients, doctors and pharmacist’s??” Please be careful on your healthcare journey….because your well-being or your life might be at risk!!


    1. Is there a way to tell if I am indeed getting the “name brand” drug I’m paying for? I’m paying $920 dollars more for a brand name drug that looks “identical” to the generic. We feel we’re getting ripped off.


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