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Old 04-04-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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Generic switch

As if my anxiety couldn't get any worse, today I upped my paxil dosage to 20mg from 15mg. The brand generic I usually take is Apotex. I went to refill a prescription after work and was given Aurobindo instead. Anyone here ever use this generic? Should I just continue the updose with Aurobindo?
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4/11/2012 - back on 20mg Apotex
4/19/2012 - cut back to 15mg
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Re: Generic switch

For the most part, generic is generic. There are a very few who are ultra sensitive to a switch, but that's the exception and not the rule. You'll be fine.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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Re: Generic switch

Another quick question. I've been upping my dose by 5mg every 4 weeks. I noticed with every increase that my anxiety symptoms would get better for a few weeks but then return withing a few days. Could this be a sign of Paxil poop out or am I just taking too low a dose? I'm at 20mg as of today btw.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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Re: Generic switch

It could be a sign of poop out, but I can't say that for sure. From your signature, your original dose was 20 mgs. So, if the same happens in several weeks after going back to your original dose, than more than likely it's poop out.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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Re: Generic switch

Well, I am one of the few that had problems switching between generics and therefore had to go on brand name. There is a long thread about people having problems switching between the manufacturers of their paroxetine on a Topix forum, so I'm not sure it's all that rare. That doesn't mean you should expect something bad will happen, just that you should keep an eye out for any worsening of WD symptoms. It took me over a month to realize it was the switch to a different generic that was causing me a huge spike in WD symptoms out of nowhere. Once I switched to brand name I started feeling better almost immediately and within a few weeks was back to stable.

You say Apotex was making your generic? Apotex hasn't made the generic for a couple of years and they actually only manufacture the brand name now. If you were on 20mg and your pills were pink ovals then you were taking the brand name. I had a horrible time with the Aurobindo generic, but I know there are others who take it without any problems. Maybe ask the pharmacy why they switched you and see if there is any possible way you can get your usual pills?
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:02 PM   #6
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Re: Generic switch

I am taking the brand name now (apotex). And will be swicthing to liquid which is also brand name.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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Re: Generic switch

The pharmacy said they could special order Apotex for me within 2 business days. So, should I just do that or take my chances on Aurobindo?
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:30 PM   #8
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Re: Generic switch

That's something only you can decide. If you're that concerned about it and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg for the special order, than do it. Otherwise, just take the Aurobindo.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:04 AM   #9
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Re: Generic switch

I seriously think the drug isnt working anymore. I felt alright for a few days and then all of a sudden anxious thoughts started creeping up on me again. I've been very anxious the last 2 days. Experiencing derealization at times, sensitivity to light and just a low mood. My phychiatrist advised me to lower my dose to 15mg, but I feel that will just make things worse. I have a bottle of .5mg Klonopin but havent touched the stuff.
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4/19/2012 - cut back to 15mg
3/15/2013 - 12.5mg
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:30 AM   #10
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Re: Generic switch

FYI, I have been on the brand name for a month and should be starting liquid 1st week of May. I don't think there is a difference between generics and brand name...but had to try it.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #11
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Re: Generic switch

I was fine with aurobindo but I had trouble with the generic by Mylan. I guess I am one of the sensitive ones
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:39 AM   #12
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Re: Generic switch

I've gone down to 15mg for a few days now. How long does it typically take to adjust to the new dose? I was only taking 20mg for a little over 2 weeks. I feel super anxious in the morning with no motivation to do anything all throughout the day.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:50 PM   #13
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Re: Generic switch

Bumping this because I may be having trouble switching from Teva generic to Apotex generic. The pharmacy switched 5 weeks ago (my usual timeframe for withdrawal onset) and I have just started getting super depressed. I hate that this is happening because I'd been doing so much better and was just about ready to start tapering again.

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You say Apotex was making your generic? Apotex hasn't made the generic for a couple of years and they actually only manufacture the brand name now.
Jess, for the past 5 weeks I have definitely been taking generic Paxil made by Apotex. So does this mean I am actually taking brand name? They take the same pills and label some generic and some brand name, and just charge more for the brand name?? They're 10 mg, white oblong pills.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:16 PM   #14
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Re: Generic switch

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Bumping this because I may be having trouble switching from Teva generic to Apotex generic. The pharmacy switched 5 weeks ago (my usual timeframe for withdrawal onset) and I have just started getting super depressed. I hate that this is happening because I'd been doing so much better and was just about ready to start tapering again.



Jess, for the past 5 weeks I have definitely been taking generic Paxil made by Apotex. So does this mean I am actually taking brand name? They take the same pills and label some generic and some brand name, and just charge more for the brand name?? They're 10 mg, white oblong pills.
Rachelina, so good to hear from you! Been wondering how you and baby are doing. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

As far as I know, the 10mg brand name Paxil pills are yellow, so if yours are white then they must be generic. I was under the assumption Apotex was only making brand name Paxil now, but if you say your pills are supposed to be generic and white and made by Apotex then I guess they must have started manufacturing Paroxetine again. That is very interesting news, and something I definitely have to look into more.

If you are having trouble making the switch from Teva to Apotex you can call around to different pharmacies and see what manufacturers they use for Paroxetine. You might be able to find one the still carries the Teva generic.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #15
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Re: Generic switch

Just took a quick look at the Apotex website and it looks like they have indeed starting manufacturing Paroxetine again! That's so funny that they make both the generic and brand name now. I pay sooo much for the brand name, and was doing fine on the Apotex generic for years until they stopped making it. I'm seriously wondering now if I should try switching back to generic. And you're right, the generic pills for all dosages are white and oblong.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:23 PM   #16
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Re: Generic switch

FYI I was switched over to a generic and felt a difference.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:46 PM   #17
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Re: Generic switch

Approx. One month after a switch in generic paxil I went into full wd. It took me about another month to figure out what was happening to my body. My wd is all physical so far. The next month I tried brand paxil with no relief so started my slow taper. I don't know what generic manufacturers I had been on nor which I was switched to...need to ask for print out by my pharmacy. I know they were different bc printed on the container was that the manufacturer & appearence is diff but the product is the same...the pills were blue as opposed to white...20 mgs.

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Re: Generic switch

Also, it just occured to me, a variable that may have affected my severe reaction to change in generic might be that I have lupus, an autoimmune condition. I don't know if a factor just thought I'd throw it out there : )
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:36 PM   #19
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Re: Generic switch

Thanks Jess! Baby is doing great and I was doing great too until now. It's so weird that Apotex makes both generic and brand name. The pills are different but I wonder if the formulation is otherwise the same?? Or if they use a completely different process to make them? I was thinking of switching to brand name rather than try to track down some Teva, but it may be that I'm basically already taking brand name. Or maybe not. I think I will see if I can adjust to Apotex.....I'm not even 100% sure that that's what's causing my problems now.
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Re: Generic switch

When I was taking Paxil my pharmacy ran out Paxil and I had to take paroxatine. I got headaches and had depression, so I had to keep taking the Paxil.
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