They’re the same: Generic drugs are exact copies of brand-name drugs and must meet all the same stringent FDA standards. Although they may look or taste different, the main reason brand-name drugs cost more than generics is due to expensive marketing.
They save you money: Generic drugs are often 80 percent less expensive than brand-name medication. The next time you need a prescription, ask if a generic equivalent is available. Or, if your doctor does not specifically tell you to only take the brand-name drug, ask your pharmacist to fill your prescription with the generic version, if one is available. Remember, choosing generics results in substantial savings.
Track Your Medicines
Keep a list of all medicines you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins and herbal supplements. Bring this list with you whenever you visit a doctor or pick up a prescription. This can reduce medical mistakes and improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of your health care.
Take Your Medications Safely
Medicine is prescribed to help you. But it can hurt you if you take too much or mix medicines that shouldn’t go together. For every medication you are prescribed:
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