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Generic antidepressants
An_257633 posted:
Hi I was wondering if it was just me that has issues with several different generic antidepressants not working for me at all..... My insurance doesn't cover the meds so doctor switches me to generic when I have told her generics don't work for me. I'm nasty to my boss at work & have called him nasty names. I get anxiety attacks & I have cried at work. I am at the point where I want to quit taking them if they don't work anyhow, but I can't stand my attitude
whatsupbuttercup responded:
First thing,there are so many anti depressants out there that I'm sure not ALL generic versions don't work for you? Have you tried various different drugs under your doctors supervision, or just a few generics? They are the same chemical as name brand pills so there should be no difference in function.

Secondly, does your job just kinda suck? If you're really not happy where you are, sometimes a job change is in order. I wouldn't suggest running from the bad feelings and getting a new job, but maybe try to analyze what you don't like about your job and whether that has to do with your depression or with something inherent about the work.

I hope your boss is being understanding in the mean time!
Thomas L Schwartz, MD responded:
Hi- generally speaking, generics can be anywhere from about 15% weaker to 15% stronger... so if you are switched to a generic and you get side effects, it likely is stronger dose. -then ask your doc to lower it a tiny bit. if your new generic works less and you get more depressed or anxious, ask your doc to increase the dose a tiny bit. it is funny too that some generics are actually now made by the original brand name company- so you might be getting the real deal too

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