02-26-2011, 08:33 AM
What is the difference? If I start on Generic Finasteride will I not have as good of results as I would have on Propecia?
I use finpecia - 1mg generic Finasteride and feel its exactly the same - well does the job the same ;-)
Info i just googled:
The difference between generic and branded drugs
Before trying to draw out the differences between generics and brand-name drugs, we must first of all give a clear definition of a generic drug.
The active ingredient of “Generic” medication (for example, of “generic phentermine”, which is adipex) is chemically identical to the active ingredient of the correspondent medication. According to the FDA's office Generic drugs “a generic drug is identical, or bioequivalent to a brand name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use”.
Although generic drugs are chemically identical to their branded counterparts, they are sold at substantial discounts from the branded price. According to reliable sources, generic drugs save consumers an estimated 8 to 10 billons USD a year at retail pharmacies. Even more billions are saved when hospitals use generic drugs. Because generic drugs are often much cheaper than their branded counterparts, many people choose generics whether buying drugs online or in traditional retail outlets and many insurance companies actually require that they be used.
However, it should be noted that current regulations permit a variation of approximately 20% either way in the bioavailability of the active ingredient. This does not necessary mean that buying generic drugs in preference to branded counterparts is a bad idea. In fact, in most cases, it's probably still a very good idea.