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Should I take a generic drug?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Here's what I advise if you're thinking about taking a generic drug:
  • When possible, choose a generic drug that's made by the same company that makes (or made) the brand-name drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 50% of generic drugs are produced by the original brand-name companies.
  • Pay attention to how you feel. If you don't think the medication is doing what it's supposed to, call your doctor. Ask if you can try a brand-name drug, or switch to another medication.
  • If the brand-name version is too expensive, contact your health insurance provider and ask about ways to save money on healthcare costs. You can also find out if the pharmaceutical company has a program to make the medication more affordable.

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