I recently discovered there is a common misconception that because something is “generic” that it may not be as good or as effective as the brand. Well I am here to tell you this is not true.

Some people hear “generic” and think of generic cereals that taste funny or get soggy too soon. They often don’t stack up against the original and are usually considered “knock-offs.” Generic drugs are different. 

Generics are made to work the same way as brand-name drugs. They have the same active ingredient and are the same as brand-name medications when it comes to:

  • Quality
  • Dosage (how much and how often you take it)
  • Strength
  • Route of administration (how you take it)

As far as the effectiveness, generic medications are just as effective as brand-name drugs. According to the FDA, drug makers must prove that generic medications can be substituted for brand-name drugs and offer the same benefits as their brand-name counterparts. 

So, next time the doctor writes you a prescription for a brand drug and the pharmacist gives you a generic version, don’t panic. You will actually be saving money for practically the exact same thing. Go Generic!