generic meds

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Saw a post recently but could not find it later on. the question was are generic meds as good/strong as branded meds.

In the UK all prescription meds have a licence number if your generic med has the same number as the branded item then it is exactly the same. The dose can vary according to your practitioners prescription but weight for like weight  be the same. Many times your Gp will prescribe a generic, the pharmacy may not have it and will dispense the branded item instead. they are allowed to do this but not the other way around.

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    Interesting. I didn't pose this question but my gp wrote to me just this week to say they are changing my Cialis to Sildnefil. I knew they were basically the same active ingredient, but it;s nice to have independent corroboration! So - thanks, philip1950
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    Actually, after my previous reply, I've re-checked and of course I'm being offered the generic (sildenafil) of Viagra, which does have different properties than Cialis (tadalafil), and I should maybe ask for tadalafil instead as that's what I'm used to and works well for me. Anyone else got any experience of changing from one to the other.? I haven't been using the Cialis much - sex is more hit & miss for my wife and me as we both get older and with the urine infections I've had for last year or so, and our relationship is not dependent on sex, though of course it's great when everything works!
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    I recently bought some generic Cialis from India. About 1/3 cost of here in Australia

    It sort of works but I dont think its as effective, or lasts as long as the real Cialis

    Anyone else tried generic Cialis?

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    Sidenafil is the generic form of viagra. tadalafil is the generic form of cialis.

    Viagra and cialis are simply manaufacturers trade names.

    A maaufacturer developes a new drug, he gives it a trade name ie viagra and holds a patent for several years. After the patent expires any one can make the drug and sell it by its chemical fomulary name but cant use the trade name as that still belongs to the drug company who developed and patented the product.

    If in the UK you can buy generics through licenced pharmacies. I would not buy from the far east as you dont know what you are getting in fact they could be harmfull.

    keep well,stay safe.

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    Second thought if you buy generic drugs from a pharmacy in the UK it will be identical to its trade named counterpart. They should have the same licence number. if they dont then its not the same product.

    Licencing/ manufacture of drugs in the UK is  controlled.

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    Good to know, philip1950.  As an adjunct comment, my 90-day supply of Avodart was refilled and ... drum roll ... it was generic dutasteride.  FINALLY!  The price has finally come WAY down, and it's apparently legit, because my health insurance is great, and I can't see them "settling," for a second-rate product. 
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