However, doctors often use the brand name on prescriptions, because it is easier to remember and doctors usually learn about new drugs by the brand name.
Generic names are usually more complicated and harder to remember than brand names.
Sometimes, more than one generic version of a drug is available.
Do generic drugs work as well as brand name?
Generic medicines work the same as brand-name medicines
This standard applies to all FDA-approved generic medicines. A generic medicine is the same as a brand-name medicine in dosage, safety, effectiveness, strength, stability, and quality, as well as in the way it is taken and should be used.
Why do medications have two names?
Every medication enters the market with two names. The first name is its generic (or chemical) name. The second name is its brand name, usually something catchy and chosen by the manufacturer who has the patent on the medication. This allows generic companies to price their medications much lower.
Can different brands of medication work differently?
That’s because there can be very small variations among the same generics with different manufacturers. Although it is allowed by the FDA, it could affect some people’s response to the medication. A different looking generic drug can also be dangerous for those who mix several pills in one bottle.
Are generic drugs really the same?
Generic drugs are copies of brand-name drugs that have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, side effects, route of administration, risks, safety, and strength as the original drug. A generic drug, one used for hypertension, is metoprolol, whereas a brand name for the same drug is Lopressor.