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#1 In_Remission_rayovac

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 12:58 PM

I just got my first Rx for Remeron and got generic (Teva brand) mirtazapine. I know that Teva sucks for generic bupropion (wellbutrin), but I didn't even know that there was now a generic for remeron.

In either case, I'm new to remeron...so I probably wouldn't know one way or the other.

So, I'm wondering: Are there any remeron users who have switched to the generic and noticed any differences.

(For me, I've only been on it for 2 days...it already seems to be helping some but I'm not getting hungry like I expected...in either case, I'm sticking with it).


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Posted 11 January 2008 - 03:30 PM

Ray,

I just got my first Rx for Remeron and got generic (Teva brand) mirtazapine. I know that Teva sucks for generic bupropion (wellbutrin), but I didn't even know that there was now a generic for remeron.


If you read through some of the other topics you'll find the consensus to be that Teva is the go-to manufacturer of generics. Their XL form of bupropion is an aberration for some reason.

In either case, I'm new to remeron...so I probably wouldn't know one way or the other.


That's pretty much the case for all meds from a quality generics manufacturer.
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 05:07 PM

Ray,

I just got my first Rx for Remeron and got generic (Teva brand) mirtazapine. I know that Teva sucks for generic bupropion (wellbutrin), but I didn't even know that there was now a generic for remeron.


If you read through some of the other topics you'll find the consensus to be that Teva is the go-to manufacturer of generics. Their XL form of bupropion is an aberration for some reason.

In either case, I'm new to remeron...so I probably wouldn't know one way or the other.


That's pretty much the case for all meds from a quality generics manufacturer.


Jerod:

As always: Many thanks for the feedback. I am now definitely noticing "changes" associated with the (generic) remeron...so Teva must be doing *something* right.

In all seriousness, Teva does seem to have good product...I've had their gabapentin and it works just fine.

Regardless, thanks again for the feedback!


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Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:22 PM

I take generic mirtazapine (and started on generic).

I've never had a problem, but I don't take Teva. My pharmacy has Caraco.

If you are taking generic it's easier, I think, if you start on it rather than switching in midstream (most of the time anyway...)
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:01 AM

I did Teva's mirtazipine. Worked fine by me. Got brand in the hospital, notice no difference between brand and generic. I did have the remeron quick poop out though
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 11:31 AM

Teva worked fine for me, at least for as long as any other med I've responded to has; actually, come to think of it, only ritalin and clonazepam have worked longer...


teva is good stuff.


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:09 AM

I've only tried the generic Remeron and it works great. Even if I could get brand name meds at no higher cost if I asked my doctor, I still prefer taking generics. They are much cheaper and most work perfectly well. *Most*.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:49 AM

I took remeron for 10 yrs, somewhere in there the generic came out. I found no difference, generally Teva was the maker.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:03 PM

In either case, I'm new to remeron...so I probably wouldn't know one way or the other.


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Posted 18 November 2009 - 12:08 PM

I'm glad I found this thread. I have been on generic Remeron for a little over 2 years. I take 22.5 mg daily (just before bed.) I also take 10 mg of diazepam daily. (Anixiety disorder) I do NOT want to increase teh diazepam.

The Remeron has been great. It actually seemed that the longer I take it, the better it gets. I sleep soundly (don't even have too many dreams anymore), and I actually feel normal during the rest of the day and evening. I haven't gained any wieght, or had any other side effects.

Ever since I started on the Remeron, I ws getting the generic (mirtazapine) manufactured by Apotex. But on my last refill, the pharmacist gave me the version from Sandoz. And it don't f'n work. Starting the first night i abruptly woke up at 4:30 AM, agitated, and couldn't get back to sleep. And I'm nervous and apprehensive all day. I even bumped my dosage up to 30 mg, but it didn't help.

It has been a week now, so I called my pharmacist this AM. He said he would see if he find an alternate source, but he was limited to whatever his wholesaler has available.

I realize that everyone has a different response to all these head meds, but has anyone else noticed a major change in performance from one generic to another? My drug plan (medicare part D) doesn't cover brand-name Remeron ( and I've never used it, so I'm not sure it would solve the problem) but I'm so miserble that I would pay out of pocket just to get some relief.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 04:38 PM

I realize that everyone has a different response to all these head meds, but has anyone else noticed a major change in performance from one generic to another? My drug plan (medicare part D) doesn't cover brand-name Remeron ( and I've never used it, so I'm not sure it would solve the problem) but I'm so miserble that I would pay out of pocket just to get some relief.


My pharmacy has switched back and forth at times between Caraco and Mylan for generic Remeron. I personally haven't noticed any difference between the two. I couldn't tell you about the ones you have been using. Sorry.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:00 AM

I realize that everyone has a different response to all these head meds, but has anyone else noticed a major change in performance from one generic to another? My drug plan (medicare part D) doesn't cover brand-name Remeron ( and I've never used it, so I'm not sure it would solve the problem) but I'm so miserble that I would pay out of pocket just to get some relief.


My pharmacy has switched back and forth at times between Caraco and Mylan for generic Remeron. I personally haven't noticed any difference between the two. I couldn't tell you about the ones you have been using. Sorry.


Well, my local pharmacist has not found an alternate source, and the Sandoz brand is still not working.

I made some phone calls and did some research. The FDA has halted importation of Apotex Canadian products because of some manufacturing irregularities, so Apotex mirtazapine is not currently available in the US. I called several chain pharmacies and Teva and Mylan seem to be the most common sources. But most major chains have no local control over the source of supply, so even if I find an alternative that works, I have no assurance that the local pharmacy will continue to stock it.

Harris-Teeter (a major grocery chain here in the South) said they can over-ride the corporate supply chain at the local store level. So they are ordering a supply from Mylan and it will be in Friday. I am moving my scrip to them.


Really hope it works. Remeron (mirtazapine) has been great for me.
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