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Psychiatric Meds: Generic vs Brand Name

If times are tight, the search for ways to find discounts or save money is a common occurrence. Generic medications are often substituted when allowed, primarily due to insurance coverage policy or as a means to reduce co-pay cost out-of-pocket. Many prescribed physical health medications are used long term for chronic health issues or disorders, just as treatment for psychiatric and mental health conditions often involve long term pharmacological treatment. The monetary savings however may not be in the patient’s best interest who may discover generic is not the “right fit” for their needs.

Generic and Brand Name Psych Med Differences

The FDA’s definition of a generic drug is that it is pharmaceutically equivalent to its brand name drug, containing the same active ingredient, same strength, same dosage form as well as delivery of drug (i.e., swallowed, a patch worn, or injected). The generic version must perform approximately the same as the brand name drug. The key word approximately indicates that there will be a small or slight difference in the manufacture of the generic drug, whether it be inert ingredients added, coloring or dye used, as well as the shape or form.  In addition, the pharmacy uses a variety of manufacturers so that while the prescription itself may not change, the medication may appear different from month to month.

Generic Psychiatric Medication Concerns

While the majority who take generic psychiatric medications experience no problems, there are thousands who face increased side effects, exacerbation of their mental health symptoms, behavioral changes, development of allergies or a significant relapse that could require hospitalization. Generic psychiatric medications are supposed to deliver the same amount of active ingredient to receptors in the brain, however differences in the formulation of the product may cause more harm than help. An experienced and practiced psychiatrist is able to work with you on finding a generic medication that will work, as well as modification of the drug, dose or timing so that cost savings can be achieved without loss of mental health gain.

Top 10 Psychiatric Generic – Brand Name Medications

The top 10 prescribed U.S. psychiatric medications are ranked in a PsychCentral.com study. The medication with the highest ranking is Xanax or alprazolam used for anxiety at almost 48 million prescriptions per year. The psychiatric medication Seroquel or quetiapine, typically used for bipolar disorder or depression is ranked number 10 with over 14 million scripts per year.  The other psychiatric medications ranked in the top 10 of prescribed meds are Celexa/citalopram, Zoloft/sertraline, Ativan/lorazepam, Prozac/fluoxetine HCL, Lexapro/escitalopram, Desyrel/trazodone HCL, Cymbalta/duloxetine, and Valium/diazepam – in total, the top 10 ranking prescriptions exceed 270,000,000 a year. Working with an expert in both generic and brand name psychiatric medication is the best way to ensure you have a successful mental health treatment plan.

Atlanta Psychiatric Medication Doctor

Call Dr. Darvin Hege, the Atlanta psychiatrist of choice for successful medication management of your mental health needs using generic, brand name or a combination of psychiatric medications that work for you.

Medication Management Can End the Dark Cloud of Depression

Major depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America reports that having a major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for adults into their mid-40’s. While each person is affected differently, everyone  is impacted when depression interferes with their home, work, school and personal life.

Major Depression Statistics

Healthline reports 1 out of 10 people experience depression following a loss, traumatic event or life change. In addition, the phrase “having the blues” is commonly understood as having a sad or emotional time. Major depression affects almost 15 million adults in the U.S. during the course of a year, with the median age of onset at 33 years old. The incidence of depression is higher than reported as many men and women fail to seek help, continuing to struggle on through daily life.

Symptoms of Major Depression

While symptoms experienced with major depression vary from person to person, Mayo Clinic reports indicate there are numerous symptoms that are reported time after time. These major depression symptoms include

  • Feelings of being sad and unhappy that last more than 2 weeks
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in taking part in normal daily activities
  • Either insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • 5% change in weight (up or down) in a one-month period
  • Overwhelming fatigue and tiredness, slowed movements
  • Poor ability to focus, concentrate or make decisions
  • Dwelling on thoughts of death and suicide
  • Unstable emotions (agitation, crying spells, angry outbursts, self guilt, etc.)

Reaching out for psychiatric help for major depressive diagnosis is critically important and can significantly ease the physical and emotional aspects of the disorder. Find the best psychiatrist who has years of experience and a track record of successful depression treatment in Atlanta.

Depression Usually Accompanied by Other Mental Disturbances

There are many mental health issues that often accompany depression which need to be considered in a complete diagnosis and treatment plan. Psychological disorders may be triggers to depression or may manifest themselves as a consequence of the depressive episode. In either case, prescribing a specific medication mix is paramount to effective treatment.

Each disorder needs to be addressed separately as well as comprehensively for an effective treatment plan to succeed. Research shows common co-existing anxiety disorders include PTSD, OCD, panic, general anxiety, and social phobia; substance abuse of alcohol and drugs are also often seen co-existing with depression.

Individualized Treatment by Expert Atlanta Depression Psychiatrist

Dr. Darvin Hege, a well known Atlanta depression psychiatrist, has a long successful history of treating major depression. Each person needs their program designed using a medication management regime that fits their specific needs, triggers, and possible co-existing illness.

Call now and take the first step in breaking through the dark cloud toward happiness and contentment.