Teva Announces Launch of Generic Zoloft

Teva Announces Launch of Generic Zoloft

There are 1482 comments on the Med Ad News story from Aug 14, 2006, titled Teva Announces Launch of Generic Zoloft. In it, Med Ad News reports that:

Aug. 14, 2006 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced today that it has begun the sale of its generic version of Pfizer's Zoloft Tablets, 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg in the United States.

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Louise

Bangor, ME

#1225 Jun 10, 2009
Susan wrote:
Well, I see no one has posted here for a while, so if anyone can direct me to where this conversation has gone, please do. I've been reading these posts because I too was switched - by CVS - to a different generic Sertraline, and I've been having a hellish time. But here's a new twist. My switch happened about three weeks ago, from Teva generic to Greenstone (a brand made by Zoloft itself). I've had a terrible time with headaches, nausea, and depression since the switch, and my doctor advised me to have CVS switch me back to the Teva brand. Well, CVS has informed me that Teva is no longer available. Consequently, I'll now be paying the exorbitant cost (no insurance) for real Zoloft. Here's my question: Why has Teva stopped making Sertraline? And why is the only generic available now the one made by Pfizer/Zoloft? It's obviously substandard, forcing people to go back to paying big bucks for the real thing. And we know that Pfizer's patent expired just a couple of years ago, clearing the way for generics. Have they figured out a way to get people to pay for the real thing? Have they forced Teva out? Is anyone else interested in this? Is anyone else thinking class action? Hello? I may be jumping the gun here, and I may be making some big assumptions, but people's lives are at stake, and I haven't appreciated feeling like roadkill for the past three weeks and not knowing why.... Any response will be appreciated. Thanks.
I do believe there are other manufactures of sertraline. Pfizer is not the only one.
TreeSweets

Celina, TX

#1226 Jun 10, 2009
I have had a similar experience as listed above and need to find a replacement for the TEVA that is not manufactured by Greenstone. Anyone know of the other manuracturers and if they have had success with their product?
Genna

AOL

#1227 Jun 10, 2009
If you go to some of the previous pages, I think you can find some of the names of other manufacturers of Zoloft. It's funny, but I tried the Teva brand of Zoloft years ago and it gave me a horrible taste in my mouth...the Greenstone didn't, but it wasn't strong enough...recently had to switch to brand name...

Genna
constance

Grosse Pointe, MI

#1228 Jun 11, 2009
snowstorm wrote:
Has anyone had side effects from switching from Zoloft to generic sertraline, such as dizziness, heart beat irregularity, depression?
I was on Zoloft A cple years back. It was never like this,the generic is not the same. I'm on it for anxiety. Now I can't even hardly leave the house. Insomnia,emotional,heart races. Feel worse than I did before! Trying to get insurance to cover the..."REAL ZOLOFT"
TreeSweets

Quinlan, TX

#1229 Jun 11, 2009
I just picked up a new generic by Mylan Pharm. and will give that a try- I just can't swing the real deal.
Genna

AOL

#1230 Jun 11, 2009
Dear TreeSweets:

Hope you feel better soon. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Genna
Genna

AOL

#1231 Jun 11, 2009
Dear Constance,

Which manufacturer are you using??

Genna
Joe

Snohomish, WA

#1232 Jun 21, 2009
I have been on the generic Zoloft by TEVA for about 1 year now, its been working good. When my latest bottle had different looking pills I checked the drug name & it still said SERTRALINE HCL so I didn't think that much about it then. I started taking the new ones yesterday morning then by evening bad anxiety set in with my heart racing. I was only able to sleep 2 hrs last night. I got up at 4:30 this morning & took my pills early for some relief. At 5:00 I started thinking about the pills being a different shape so then I looked more closely & found that the manufacturer had been switched from TEVA to LEGRE. Its a bit soon for me to be complaining but I came across this discussion so I thought I would mention that I was switched without being told. Ill let you know if my problem is from this change.
jeanie

New Boston, MI

#1233 Jun 21, 2009
Joe wrote:
I have been on the generic Zoloft by TEVA for about 1 year now, its been working good. When my latest bottle had different looking pills I checked the drug name & it still said SERTRALINE HCL so I didn't think that much about it then. I started taking the new ones yesterday morning then by evening bad anxiety set in with my heart racing. I was only able to sleep 2 hrs last night. I got up at 4:30 this morning & took my pills early for some relief. At 5:00 I started thinking about the pills being a different shape so then I looked more closely & found that the manufacturer had been switched from TEVA to LEGRE. Its a bit soon for me to be complaining but I came across this discussion so I thought I would mention that I was switched without being told. Ill let you know if my problem is from this change.
Joe:
It is probably because of the switch. I was on TEVA for 1 1/2 years and they switched me to the generic GREENSTONE and that was a nightmare. I am now taking the BRAND NAME zoloft and it's at least better than GREENSTONE. I don't feel 100% like I did before with TEVA. It's been almost 2 weeks, I pray this will kick in completely. I think (Maybe even know) many people are dealing problems b/c of this switch. It's what our body has been accustomed to for years and then a big switch. EACH generic does NOT have the same ingredient in them. I personally can NOT take GREENSTONE's version of zoloft. It does something strange. Maybe the insurance company is in with some generic drug makers and want to get our cash b/c the insurance doesn't want to cover NAME BRAND...this all sucks!
TreeSweets

Quinlan, TX

#1234 Jun 22, 2009
I agree about the Greenstone generi, and it seems criminal to mess with dosages or release of medication or something in the Greenstone. My pharmacy said I was not the first to complain. I ended up after much discussion with the doctor getting the Mylan generic and must say, a huge improvement. It has been obout 2 weeks on the Mylan version which I had to change pharmacys to get, a small price to pay to feel better.
Genna

AOL

#1235 Jun 22, 2009
Hi TreeSweets,

If you don't mind sharing with us, how much do you pay for the Mylan version and how many mgs. do you take?
Artie_Pie

United States

#1236 Jun 29, 2009
I have been allergic to some generics and not to the brand. I don't think that is psychological. I was told by my internal medicine doctor that some people have reactions to some of the fillers in generics. I generally take the generic first due to insurance reasons. But I don't think you should tell people that it is in their head because they are having medical reactions to the medication.:) That is not kind. I took the generic zoloft first and now I am trying the brand because I had a reaction to the generic. I was itching (all over) no rash present. So I can only hope for the best because for me the generic did work but I had a physical reaction to it. So I hope that the brand will work with no side effects or allergies.:)
vesta wrote:
Generics are the same active ingredient. Ask any pharmacist and they will tell you no different. It's the individual person. Just because a handful of people can't tolerate the generic that doesn't mean that thousands more aren't benefiting from it. If you can't tolerate the generic don't take. Stick to the brand name if that's what makes you feel comfortable. Sertraline is sertraline, whether you call it that or call it zoloft.
Jennifer

Orangeburg, SC

#1237 Jul 2, 2009
donnaA wrote:
<quoted text>
I called Teva TODAY and they are NOT making this drug anymore. I asked why and she did not know. I am soooo sad b/c this generic drug WAS working for me and then the Greenstone company now makes this. After 4 days I was more depressed than ever. I can NOT take that. I thought I was going crazy b/c I was told it's the SAME. Wrong!! I am now trying to get the insurance to cover NAME brand. I know I will feel better. I searched the internet to find all these comments from other people who are experiencing the same thing. I don't feel bad. I will keep reading until I am back to 'myself'
Donna I am in the exact same boat. I was on 50mg the generic sertraline made by Teva, feeling awesome and then CVS switched my pills with the next refill and those were made by Greenstone and they are not working. So I called my doc and she said to go up to 75mg but its still not as effective. Totally bummed, insomnia, feeling awful. I am so angry to learn that companies can apparently use 80-125% of the active ingredient. I priced the name brand Zoloft with my insurance and it was going to be 90.00 for a 30 days supply. um no thanks. I am going to increase to 100mg in the hopes that this resolves because I have 2 children and I need to be able to take care of them.
Jennifer

Orangeburg, SC

#1238 Jul 2, 2009
Susan wrote:
Well, I see no one has posted here for a while, so if anyone can direct me to where this conversation has gone, please do. I've been reading these posts because I too was switched - by CVS - to a different generic Sertraline, and I've been having a hellish time. But here's a new twist. My switch happened about three weeks ago, from Teva generic to Greenstone (a brand made by Zoloft itself). I've had a terrible time with headaches, nausea, and depression since the switch, and my doctor advised me to have CVS switch me back to the Teva brand. Well, CVS has informed me that Teva is no longer available. Consequently, I'll now be paying the exorbitant cost (no insurance) for real Zoloft. Here's my question: Why has Teva stopped making Sertraline? And why is the only generic available now the one made by Pfizer/Zoloft? It's obviously substandard, forcing people to go back to paying big bucks for the real thing. And we know that Pfizer's patent expired just a couple of years ago, clearing the way for generics. Have they figured out a way to get people to pay for the real thing? Have they forced Teva out? Is anyone else interested in this? Is anyone else thinking class action? Hello? I may be jumping the gun here, and I may be making some big assumptions, but people's lives are at stake, and I haven't appreciated feeling like roadkill for the past three weeks and not knowing why.... Any response will be appreciated. Thanks.
I am so releived to knwo that this is not all in my head!! I thought I was going mad and that I would have to switch meds yet again. I recently went off Lexapro to zoloft because of weight gain and 8 hours of fogginess and feeling like a zombiew when I wake up.

Anyway, I just posted above that i was switched from a Teva made pill to Greenstone and the Greenstone is not really working. I am so upset. I don't know anything about why Teva is no longer making it. Maybe I will give them a call and register a complaint with CVS and discuss this with my doc.
Kim

Springville, UT

#1239 Jul 2, 2009
I am so releived and sad. I am so happy to have found this review site. I to have been taking the Teva Sertraline. Last month I was swithed to a manuf. with the abbrev. NORT. I have been sick for 3 weeks now. I have gone on Sertraline by a manfact. by the name of INVAGEN. Has anyone taken Sertraline by this spacific manfacturer? I was using the Teva brand for 2 years and feeling Great! Within 3 weeks, I feel so bad I can barely stand it. Any response would sure be great. Is any manfu. is working for someone?
Genna

AOL

#1240 Jul 3, 2009
Hi Kim,

I'm so sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well for the past three weeks. I know how that feels and it is difficult.

I was on the brand name for many years and when the generic came out I received the Greenstone brand from my pharmacy. I took the Greenstone brand for a number of years and for the most part it worked well. However, at times, I felt that it was not working as well as the brand name. I spoke to my doc. and we decided to switch back to the brand name and I went thru six weeks of very difficult changes. I felt like I was starting Zoloft all over again. It was not fun!

This site is wonderful because you can speak to different people who can relate to what you are going thru.

Hope you feel better soon!

genna
Michelle

Seabrook, TX

#1241 Jul 6, 2009
Ok, I am having issues as well. I have been taking 200 mg of Sertraline manufactured by TEVA for about 2 years. I was never offered the brand name Zoloft. Once I was given Greenstone and it took me a while to figure out that it was the reason I started having severe anxiety again. Well, I stopped Greenstone and went back to TEVA immediately. I just recently found out (as many of you have already stated) that CVS is no longer carrying the TEVA brand. So instead of hunting for the right generic, my doc and I agreed to have me start taking the brand name. I am not worried about the extra cost if it works. I was just wondering if any of you have had any withdrawal symptoms or problems switching from the generic to the brand? After reading some of the previous posts, I am also wondering if I should maybe be taking a LOWER dose of the brand than I did of the generic...seems like maybe the generic might not be as stong? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Sam

United States

#1242 Jul 6, 2009
Hi Michelle -
This is a bit speculative since my info on TEVA-to-brand comparison is indirect (my wife had a long Greenstone interval in between). Greenstone is definately lower but (also judging from what others here say) TEVA is probably closer.

Do you have experience with too high doses? Experiences include racing thoughts, aggression, hypomania, sleeping less than usual, excessive emotionality. It's a little tricky, though, because some of these can also be symptoms of lower-than-needed dose as well, and it depends what you're being treated for (my wife is bipolar so manic-type symptoms are most common).

Sounds like you're going in clear-eyed, though, so just normal rules apply - have friends or family look out for behavior changes, trust your experience over what you're "supposed" to be feeling, and don't settle for something that isn't working.

Good luck!
ell

Rocky River, OH

#1243 Jul 7, 2009
I have been getting my sertraline hcl from Medco Mail away for quite some time now. No problems with the oblong yellow pill 100mg (don't know brand)My most recent order came in last week and the pills are oblong white, mfg is COBALT. Every morning I take 2 100mg tabs. I have had an unbearable headache since the switch. I don't know what to do...I have to buy a 3 month supply...even though generic - it is not cheap.
Irene

United States

#1244 Jul 10, 2009
Genna, when I switched from Teva to brand name Zoloft I think I started feeling improvement in about a week...sooner than I had even hoped actually. Of course everyone is different and it could take a bit longer for you, but have faith. I was scared too. I made the request of my PNP to prescribe me name brand as a sort of "experiment" because it had always worked for me previously. But we had a back-up plan to make a switch if it didn't, staying with the same category of AD so that I wouldn't have to wean off one onto the other. Best of luck to you and all others having to deal with this. I actually had a 9 day first-time hospitalization (at age 52!) that I'm almost certain could have been avoided had I been on brand name Zoloft.

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