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Re: Is Klonopin really superior to generic Clonazepam?

Posted by Delia on August 12, 1999, at 6:58:43

In reply to Is Klonopin really superior to generic Clonazepam?, posted by IRick on August 11, 1999, at 2:18:13

I have taken Klonopin literally for years. It always worked well.

This bruhaha, for me, started with my insurance company trying to strong arm the doctor to give me only the generic.

I went along with it the first time, well, actually, two months, but my old symptoms gradually came back and I was in quite a sorry state.

Mind you, the doctor had specified NO interchange, but I figured the drug store (CVS) had packaged it up when I went to pick it up, so I would give it a try.

When I saw my doctor again he and I agreed it HAD to be the real thing, and he wrote the prescription again mandating no change. But he then also told me he had received a letter from my insurance company saying they would no longer pay for the Klonopin. HOWEVER, with a lot of paperwork and justification from the doctor (which naturally they won't be thrilled about and will therefore be more compliant) they would make an exception.

So we went that route and then the business you others have described about the non-availability at the drug store started.

They have no .5 mg pills.

I had to take 1 mg and split them.

I truly suspect next time there will be no 1 mg and I will have to go to 2mgs and then that will be the end of the game.

All CVS has told me is that it is backordered.

I am treated by a psychopharmacologist psychiatrist who prescribes and a psych nurse I see weekly for talk therapy. Both reported all their patients are in this same boat and they, the professionals, can't even get a date when they will be off back order.

The psych nurse told of another drug that was legitimately backorderd, there had been a fire at the plant, and the manufacturer bent over backwards finding another plant to produce in the meantime.

So it is all quite fishy.

My theory is the insurance company reduced the demand by forcing people off Klonopin, and those particular people didn't fuss, cutting the demand.

Next they will say there is not enough demand to make it, period.


On the issue of effectiveness, per my psychopharmacologist, it isn't the same. The nurse also. She has ALWAYS been against my taking the generic based on her experience with me and others.

And the Doctor this past week said he has had to have patients take TWICE as much generic to achieve the same effects as with the real thing.


Please don't shoot the messenger ;-)


All of us who are concerned, write the company that makes the Klonopin and get vocal to them about it. I have already and will continue to do so until they respond.

Sigh. Just what people who are already suffering need, abuse by a drug company/insurance company more worried about their bottom line than those in need.




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