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I'm wondering if I'm alone with this or anyone else had similar experiences. I have been taking a fairly low dose (50mg/day) of Sertraline for around four years. As it is a generic there are several different manufacturers who produce this. When I get a repeat prescription it is pot-luck which brand you get, depending on the pharmacy, their stocking policies, their suppliers, whether their wholesaler is offering something, for example.
My point is, If I have spent six months taking Sertraline by manufacturer 'A' and then I get a repeat prescription and go onto Sertraline by manufacturer 'B', it is as if I have stopped taking it. The aggravation, frustration and irritability kicks back in for at least a week and then settles down again, until it happens again maybe 3 or 6 months later.
I know that the composition of the product by seperate manufacturers must be identical (right?). I realise the placebo / nocebo effect might be in play here but the effect is identical to the rare situations I have forgotten to take it (where I don't realise my mistake until a day of suffering the same symptoms).
Is this just me? If not has anyone had any experience getting a GP or pharmacist to keep to one brand? Thanks.
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