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New Generic Lexapro

BethB: Instead of taking the current generic, why not take it back into the pharmacy and ask them to order the generic that you had before and you were doing well on. The pharmacy will do that for you. Make sure you make note of the generic manufacturer of the med that works for you and when you go to get it refilled, tell the pharmacist that you need the generic Lexapro from only that generic maker. You have a lot of control over what generic you get, just ask for pill that works best for you. The pharmacy will have a record of the refills you have gotten.  (May 1, 2013 | post #605)

New Generic Lexapro

Dawn: So you have tried Aurobindo??? I'm here to say I am scared to even try it, can you tell me more or give me more reassurance? You are saying that you have not had any issue since you tried Aurobino?? and you are saying that it is doing a great job for you like Brand Lexapro?  (Apr 21, 2013 | post #602)

New Generic Lexapro

To Fran: Gal I hear you loud and clear. I understand the garbage you are going through. I absolutely believe that the one screaming thing that I keep hearing is that all of us never suspected the generic medicine could be the bad guy. We was because of our affliction so much easier to believe that we were losing our minds, the anxiety must be because of something we are doing, time and again, it is so easy for us to believe that we are not thinking clearly, we are at fault, there is something wrong with us because that is what we are willing to believe without ever thinking that the med itself is bad. We will bash ourselves up and down, no problem, never suspecting that we actually do have our heads screwed on right. That's what I hate about the mental issues, it is too easy to blame ourselves for everything that doesn't go well. We need to learn to trust ourselves, and be kinder to ourselves.  (Apr 19, 2013 | post #596)

New Generic Lexapro

Hi Fran and All: I googled GOA and snooped round, finding what I think is likely the best person to direct our concerns to. What this person can do, I honestly don't know but I'm trying to find as many resources that we can tell our story to. So you should direct your statements to Marcia Crosse, Director Health Care. Her email address is [email protected] I don't know what, if anything this person can do but certainly anything is worth a try. Fran, have you and your husband considered going back into the doc and told him that the Lexapro generic just won't work and you are in need of another med much like Lexapro. The same co. that makes Lexapro is now making Viibyrd, another anti-depressent. I do not know how similar or different it is from Lexapro. Perhaps it is time to leave the generic for Lexapro entirely, stop the insanity and ask for a different but similar med.  (Apr 12, 2013 | post #589)

New Generic Lexapro

OK one and all: I was doing some internet surfing attempting to find someone, someplace to add comments or tell our story to. I did find a spot on U. S. News magazine, on the Health page, edited by Bernadine Healy,M.D.. There was a comment area so I left one reporting everything at this site. I also read about the Government Accountability Office who has some control over FDA. I think it would be very good for all of us to write to this particular office with our complaints. You can find all the info by Googling GOA or the full name.  (Apr 11, 2013 | post #585)

New Generic Lexapro

Hi All: Don't know if anyone reads the inserts with all the info that come with Rx's in a box but the clinical trials that are done do not include 100's of patients often. There may be as little as two groups of 10. This does not seem like good research to me. I don't even know if generics are required to test. Very concerning.  (Apr 11, 2013 | post #584)

New Generic Lexapro

No Wynter, I was not putting down anyone's treatment and espcially not the use of Xanax. The issue changes dramatically however if one is taking generic Lexapro and Xanax or withdrawing from generic Lexapro with Xanax. The fact is that Xanax all on its own is VERY effective in controlling anxiety, depression, and the physical negative feelings that come with panic/anxiety/depr ession. I know for a fact that 2 mg of Xanax for every person who has reported bad side affects from generic Lexapro would be MUCH EASIER TO TOLERATE if each of these people were taking 2 mg of Xanax. The problem is, we have far too many docs that have learned that Xanax is a bad drug because in theory everyone gets hooked on it. This is NOT TRUE. However, not everyone who has been reporting ther bad reactions have had a doc who is willing to give Xanax. My point is, Xanax is a very good and effective drug for anxiety all by itself. Put with Lexapro, it is just about perfect. Given with generic Lexapro, I bet the negatives from the generic are greatly reduced allowing a user to say "with Xanax, generic Lexapro isn't awful". If she didn't have the Xanax, believe me, she would have been saying lots of negatives against generic Lexapro. Thank God there are still docs who do prescribe Xanax for their patients because it is very effective and it helps tremendously with risidual anxiety that SSRI's do not entirely eliminate. There are still way too many docs who were only told the worst case scenario of Xanax and refuse to prescribe it. Sad situation. But I still say that 2 mg of Xanax a day on generic Lexapro would likely make one feel at least pretty OK but then that gal should not diss the rest of us who cannot get that amount of Xanax from our docs and are going throug hell with the generic Lexapro.  (Apr 7, 2013 | post #576)

New Generic Lexapro

Hi Erin: Just wanted to say that I am so sorry that you are having such a hard time with your meds and the expense. It must be very hard to have your husband active duty and him gone for long lengths of time. I had a similar situation where I felt as if I was a single parent with no backup and completely overwhelmed. It was very tough. Any chance you can get some sessions with a therapist? Stories like all of ours just shouldn't be happening. Again, please call Forest Labs - Adverse Reactions Dept. and report bad experiencs with the generic. They are in charge of reporting to the FDA. Also go online to the FDA and fill out a report about your experience. Write your congress people, especially if you are military and report the bad generics.  (Apr 4, 2013 | post #572)

New Generic Lexapro

This isn't necessarily a helpful statement that I am going to make but it isn't your insurance company that chooses to be a butt head. It is your employer that chose "the plan" that they are willing to pay for. Your employer is responsible for making the choice of forcing generics on you, that is what they are willing to pay for; they are not willing to pay for an insurance plan that includes Name Brand meds when generics are available. Certainly you must decide if you want to go to HR and tell them of the issue that affects you. I would have a hard time doing that. If you are part of a union however, that might be a really good point to bring up at negotiations. The responsibility lies with your employers. Like I said, it isn't good news but if you have a chance to change your benefits with your employer, this would be a good starting point.  (Apr 3, 2013 | post #569)

New Generic Lexapro

I'd really like to say congratulations to Kate but I don't see her experience as being comparable to the rest of us. Though I'm not sure, I don't think most of us are taking Xanax 4 times a day which though not a high dosage, it is a significant dosage that would tend to alter her experience with generic Lexapro. Frankly Xanax at .5 4 times a day would make all of us truly relaxed, happy, and give us a general feeling of everything in the world is good. Kate likely feels really great with sunny days. I'm surprised a doc would prescibe Xanax at that rate. We all probably would love it and we all lkely would feel the world to be sunny, with smooth sailing. If she had to rely strictly on generic Lexapro like many of us have, it might be a different story. Belive me, I would love to hear more stories of the generic working for people but I honestly believe that the generic manufacturers must come out with some sort of guide to successfully change over from brand to generic because it is ABSOLUTLY IMPOSSIBLE to take brand one day and generic the next without a horrendous physical toll. Mind over matter Kate? I don't think so, I think you are enjoying the Xanax relaxation of 2 mg a day. Oh that we all could enjoy that but most docs won't precribe in those amounts.  (Mar 27, 2013 | post #561)

New Generic Lexapro

I'm not sure what can be done but your employer is who decided on the insurance plan and the level of coverage, whether cheap or not. I don't know if your HR dept. can help you or not. I don't even know if you would want to involve them with this information but that is about the only idea I have. Of course writing to your assemblyman, congressman, anyone in your state health office is always a good idea. I cannot get over how very, very troubling this trend is with this lousy, crappy generic.  (Mar 25, 2013 | post #554)

New Generic Lexapro

I am not here to bang the drum in favor of Xanax however, I will say that back in 1987 when it became available, it was the only med being prescribed for anxiety that worked effectively. It has remained that way for me but I now use it for residual anxiety that doesn't always go away with just Lexapro. Not everyone becomes addicted to this med, and I wish that some docs who completely freak over prescribing Xanax, would come to understand the med better. For some people it is a really decent med and it doesn't mean if one takes it that they are junkies. In fact, it seems to me that part of the anxiety issues is being afraid to take meds that do help control anxiety, be it SSRI's, MAO's, tri-cyclit anti-depressents, whatever. Those of us who suffer with anxiety already beat ourselves up enough over most anything, we shouldn't have to do it over our meds.  (Mar 23, 2013 | post #548)

New Generic Lexapro

I know many docs are totally against Xanax but Klonopine (technically an anti-seizure drug) is an excellent anti-anxiety med for residual anxiety that does not get cleared up by and SSRI. It stays in the body much longer than Xanax thereby controlling symptoms better and longer. This might be worth mentioning to your doc if you are going through the vivid nighmares, lots of anxiety, and any other issues left over from the generic lexapro. Another thought, writing to your congress person and your senators is often helpful. The congress people especially. Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. I just get the sense that pharmacists, pharmacy techs, pharmacy workers, generic drug sales people, all are very aware of the crappy generics for lexapro but are all in the same boat, if they say anything, they can kiss their job good bye. I did post before that Forest Labs the maker of Lexapro has another new med out called Viibryd for depression, it doesn't say anything about anxiety however. I don't know how it differs from Lexapro but since it is a new med, the insurance co.'s can't turn it down. Also, I believe anyone with a mental health issue is always better served by seeing a psychiatrist if possible. They know the scope of drugs so much better and may have some recommendations med wise regarding the Lexapro generics. Believe me, they are the first to know when a generic does not work. Rather than being a complete mess mentlly, I would encourage anyone to see a psychiatrist to get you through this very rough period of transitioning. Perhaps there is another generic that would work better. I just think it is worth getting yourself to a specialist in brain issues - a psychiatrist.  (Mar 22, 2013 | post #545)

New Generic Lexapro

I did do some looking on line at lawsuits against drug companies. Cases that have been won are against co's like Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo Smith for saying that certain drugs can treat diseases or maladies that the drug was not approved for. The companies did pay huge fines. On the news last night a story showed up about generic drugs and the fact that there is little that a person taking a generic med can do if they should have an adverse reaction to the med. I know that when a law suit against large corporations is attempted, it is absolutely necessary to have attorneys who are big enough and have enough resources (money) to go up against major corporations and the fact is that there rarely is any gain for the people attempting to press the lawsuit. I went through a lawsuit against a large buider of homes. What we got was th satisfaction of learning all the issues that existed within the homes so we could decide what repairs to make that would be to our benefit. No one got much money. The whole thing was stuck in court for years also. I've thought about this whole thing for quite sometime. I guess what I'm thinking we can do is write to each of our newspapers, to the reporter who writes health, medicine, drug stories and share our own experiences and this site. Then we hope it gets printed and that others who also have had issues with the Lexapro generics write in with their own responses. I think we could also all write in again to the FDA and make a point of doing so every month. I don't know any other way but I sure am willing to listen to any other ideas.  (Mar 20, 2013 | post #539)

New Generic Lexapro

Laura: I am so sorry that you have had such an awful experience. It is criminal absolutely. You can go online to the FDA and make a report about your experience. You can also look up Forest Labs, Adverse Medication Experiences, I think it is called, call the 1-800 number they give on the page. All of this helps to build the case against the generics of Lexapro.  (Mar 18, 2013 | post #528)