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Old 02-21-2011, 09:36 AM   #21
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The FDA requires generics and brand meds to be the same in chemical content and manufacturing standards.
I have told that to my wife and she still insists generic acetaminophen never works as well as Tylenol. I figure it's the placebo effect but I give in and buy the Tylenol - I guess that's a strategic retreat on my part.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:39 AM   #22
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Names brands may have added buffers, time release ingredients etc. They may seem to work better for some.
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I have told that to my wife and she still insists generic acetaminophen never works as well as Tylenol. I figure it's the placebo effect but I give in and buy the Tylenol - I guess that's a strategic retreat on my part.
Buy the cheap stuff and place it in the empty Tylenol bottle before you get home. Just like buying cheap vodka and pouring it in a Grey Goose bottle.
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I have told that to my wife and she still insists generic acetaminophen never works as well as Tylenol. I figure it's the placebo effect but I give in and buy the Tylenol - I guess that's a strategic retreat on my part.
rule #1--gotta keep the wife happy.
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Large doses of Motrin has helped to keep me mobile for many years. My wife has the same concept as several others here. She says the Motrin gives her stomach pain but the Advil does not. Go figure.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:36 AM   #26
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Placebo effect???
Don't underestimate. It can be very powerful.

I had a very frustrating conversation with my son's dermatologist (years ago). He had prescribed a medicine that cost $150. I wanted to know the difference between this prescription stuff and the OTC products that contained the same active ingredient and cost $7.99. His explanation was totally unsatisfactory and I finally decided that his job was to prescribe prescription medicine, not to know the composition and effectiveness of over the counter products.
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I couldn't tell you because I only buy Motrin, Advil and Aleve. I think Aleve is the best for a headache and when I get gout or bursitis, I swear by Motrin.

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Placebo effect???
Probably.
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I ONLY buy generic meds...
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Probably.
Doubtful. I didn't even give it a second thought until after I noticed rapid improvement. Probably just a result of timing.
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Strange because the little brown tablets of ibuprofen work for me and Advil doesnt, although they are supposed to be the same thing
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Are you sure you were taking the identical dose in mg, not the number of pills?
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Are you sure you were taking the identical dose in mg, not the number of pills?
Yes. Both were 200 mg.
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They say some meds lose potency over time, what is the expiration date on the generics?
Brand drugs do differ from generics with the inactive ingredients that may influence how you react to them. Out of curiosity I would bring this up with your pharmacist to get their take on it.
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If you could come up with solid evidence that the 200mg generic ibuprofen did not in fact contain 200mg of ibuprofen (exactly the same as brand name Advil) you'd be very rich.
They are all the same - advil, motrin, or generic ibuprofen

I will say that There have been some cases where my walmart ibuprofen didnt work for my migraine so I took 1 or 2 more and it took care of it

I actually dont like NSAID's. They are more dangerous in long term and the FDA is finally begining to realize that. Fortunately i am not always taking them. But they do the trick. Acitominophen (tylenol) or aspirin just doesnt do it but they are alltogether different drugs than NSAID's
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:01 PM   #36
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Yes. Both were 200 mg.
Are you sure the generic hadn't expired? Was it stored correctly?

Ibuprofen, is ibuprofen, is ibuprofen. It has to be, by law.
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Are you sure the generic hadn't expired? Was it stored correctly?

Ibuprofen, is ibuprofen, is ibuprofen. It has to be, by law.
Generic was bought recently and expires in August of 2013. No issues with storage.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:24 PM   #38
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It may be in my head, but I don't find the generic Advil to work as well. And Advil really works for me.
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The drugs that mother gives you don't do anything at all. Go ask Alice!
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I usually buy generics to save money, since I've always heard that they were the same. Last week, I injured my knee and it started swelling with a lot of pain. I started on the generic ibuprofen, but it did nothing. It ran out this morning and my wife got a deal on Advil and bought it today. Within 2 hours of taking Advil, the pain was reduced and the swelling started to go down a little. After the second dose of Advil, most of the range of motion was returning and the swelling was much better. The soreness is almost non-existent. Yesterday, I could barely walk.

Now, it could just be a coincidence and my knee could have just gotten to the point that it was ready to heal, but I believe that the brand name worked much better than the generic. Anybody else had a similar experience with Advil vs the generics?

Naproxen for me
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