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Re: Neurontin as a replacement for Klonopin?

Posted by Justitia on November 21, 1999, at 9:24:11

In reply to Re: Neurontin as a replacement for Klonopin?, posted by Rick on November 21, 1999, at 3:34:45

My disorder is panic and anxiety. Yes my meds dr and I both wondered if it was a rebound of my underlying issues. Certainly my explosiveness was. But I do not recall the hollow feeling of no feelings inside that I felt just comming down from 1mg to .75. But then that might be that 12 years aog I was so disconnected from my feelings I didn't know they were "missing." (Smiles...see therapy does work.) The clonazepam had other side effects for me that got progressively worse. It feels great right now to be back to "normal" now that I am back on 1 mg of klonopin and back on the name brand of my estrogen rather than the generic, all of which I have to pay for out of my pocket. Yes my prescription plan is nuts. They will pay for name brands of drugs if there is no generic but if there is a generic they force you to take that. Which means you have to change your medication at least once every 17 years, which is when patents expire. That can be good on the one hand if progress has been made in the area. But I think it is tough on those drigs for psychological problems where a match is dificult to make anyway. The difference between the name brand and the generics is the delivry system. All that the company who has the patent has to do is let go of control of the "active ingredient." Not how it is packaged. ANd I assure you those drug companies when they are releasing a new drug, tweak and refine the delivery system so it is maximally effective with minimum side effects. The generics don't do that, do not go to the expense of doing so and their delivery system is more random than anything. Some people are not sensitive to the delivery package, others are. For my estrogen, my doctor who is in fact the workd's leading researcher on hormone replacement therapy at Johns Hopkins (this is not an idle brag) says that every instance of hormone replacement therapy failure that they have in their research (and he heads up most of the major research projects on that in the world) that the failures have been due to the patient being on the genric and the failure disappears as soon as the patient is place back on the name brand. And yet the FDA declares them medically equivalent. I wonder who is the lobbying force behind that? Perhaps the insurance companies? In some case the woman's actual health and well-being is at risk (osteoporosis, etc.) as it was in my case. I wish the news media would give this issue the same attention that they gave the Lewinsky-Clinton scandal. Many more millions of people are affected by this than people realize.




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