New manufacturer for adderall – Amerigen?

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  • #109150

    Pluot
    Participant

    Hello,

    I have recently been started on 20mg x2 of adderall xr (+15 mg Sandoz booster). I noticed since switching over from only the Sandoz brand to the Amerigen brand, I am unfocused, lethargic or slightly anxious with no benefit to my energy or focus.

    I’ve discussed with the pharmacy and they insist brands don’t make a difference, but I know I myself am very sensitive to drug changes and that others on the forums had differing experiences with brands.

    Amerigen seems to be a brand new supplier of adderall, having started to in January of 2019.

    I was wondering if anyone else has tried this brand and has any personal input regarding efficacy?

  • #109183

    ADHDmomma
    Keymaster

    Different manufacturers can make a huge difference. The generic can be as much as 15% different from the brand (I think that number is correct), and be approved as a generic. Plus, the additives can be different, as well as the time-release mechanism. That can add up to a huge difference.

    If there’s a specific generic that you did well with, call around to different pharmacies until you find one willing to stock it for you.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #109244

      JudyJurist
      Participant

      I’ve had the same experiences with different genetic brands! My last prescription for Adderal was filled by Actavis pharmaceuticals and it feels like I haven’t taken anything. I’ve been tired. no motivation or focus. My insurance will not cover the Brand name for Adderall. It’s not right that they are giving us defective medications because they are too cheap to give us the brand name medications ! They say they are the same but they definitely are not!
      Can anyone tell us what genetic is good for Adderall?! It will be hard to find a pharmacy that Carrie’s a certain generic brand and they keep changing brands anyway ?! Why ? ☹

    • #114895

      Angelacawein
      Participant

      I have been on Adderall XR for years, insurance decided to go generic. I was given Actavis/Teva it what the pharmacy told me the manufacture was. They are the same manufacture. I have never felt so horrible!!! The closest one I have found that is close to the brand name Adderall is Impax generics. I have some friends that say that Mydayis is just like the brand and lasts longer. I plan on seeing my doctor and changing.

  • #109202

    Pluot
    Participant

    Thanks!
    I noticed yesterday that the time release profile is significantly different on the Amerigen. I was feeling wired towards late afternoon which is quite unusual. It’s giving me insomnia (after I finally adjusted to being able to sleep on the other brand) as well. I’ll definitely ask around next time I get my rx filled.

  • #109970

    chance1225
    Participant

    The Actavis brand did absolutely nothing for me way so ever. I told my pharmacist this and they just continue to say that FDA wouldn’t approve it if t weren’t equivalent to brand name Adderall. Which is just completely false because I know for a fact these things do NOTHING. I had taken the Milan brand for the first few months and was finding that I was kind of itchy and my hands were a bit red along with my ears… I then tried to TEVA Brand and it has literally done Enders for me in terms of my ADD symptoms. I finally feel clear and focused and no symptoms of crashing or overly medicated. It’s all on what’s people prefer though. Some people say that the TEVA brand is too much for them and they develop anxiety, the Sandoz does that for me. My opinion TEVA is the best, actively been taking it for two years now and have only had an issue one time where I felt like they weren’t working as well. You can ask your doctor to. Write on your prescription what brand you prefer. So you don’t have to go through the month with a generic that does not work for you. Everyone’s body is different.

  • #113029

    Jpaa8784
    Participant

    Yes i have had the same feeling as pluont participant. I’ve had brand name adderall xr and has done wonders for me, but since im full time im college now had to get generic. First i had teva and worked pretty good. After i got my next refill i felt lethargic after about a week of taking it and unfocused after a few hours. That’s what made me start checking the manufacturer it was amerigen. Gave me really bad dry mouth and wore off fast with bad crash. In my opinion anyone having the same issues should boycott this and stick to what works as far as generics teva has my trust as well as many others.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Jpaa8784.
  • #114527

    onechloe
    Participant

    The actavis brand does the same thing. I feel so terrible the whole month, my adhd symptoms are way worse than if I were not medicated. Please, report any bad generics to the fda. The beads inside the actavis brand are all white, not mixed orange and white. It’s so hard to Navigate the pharma world! Try costco pharmacy.

  • #116465

    mistifier33
    Participant

    Same problem and I was Adderall for 25 years same dose… now after trying to switch to anything else… I’ve been with an ER pill at all in the A.M. and made my life hell! I have I been made to experiment because of the insurance company they will not allow a brand name only no matter how many prior authorizations are done…
    I can’t get the other adhd varieties to work or have a horrible reaction to them… the only one covered under ‘this plan’ is the antigen manufacturer?? What can we do? My business is dying and I’m a single mom. Maybe we should all report to ??? No clue and doubt it will do much but perhaps if a lot of people speak up… we might make some noise? Any help is greatly appreciated
    PS anyone know the name of the name brand manufacturer for our Adderall XR 20mg
    Many thanks guys

  • #116584

    Deep
    Participant

    A good review relating to generic drugs:

    • #116936

      Deep
      Participant

      The link was removed from my message above. So I’ll describe it here. A good article about generic drugs:

      New York Times, May 11, 2019
      “Americans Need Generic Drugs. But Can They Trust Them?”

      An excellent review of a recent book by Katherine Eban about drug labs in India that are licensed to make hundreds of different generic drugs for the US market. An FDA investigation pulled back the curtain.

  • #116884

    jenbenz447
    Participant

    I am having the same trouble. Even writing this is difficult for me right now. I have been on Adderall for 7 years and never have had a reaction like this. No focus, fidgety, crazy thoughts. What is going on? This is definitely not the same as my regular prescription. It also is giving me mild head aches. I called the pharmacist and she said there is nothing they can do they can’t take it back because it is against the law. So what am I suppose to do not take my medication until next month. I have only have this for a week. Giving it a couple of days just to be sure it was not just in my head. It is definitely not. I’m sorry but in any other form of business if you give your customers a faulty product it’s up to the company to provide a replacement. Not only that the pharmaceutical company should be liable if anything happens to these customers that are clearly not getting the same product. This is a class A drug and should not be something they play around with generic wise. There could be detrimental consequences. I guess I will have to continue taking this crap since I have no choice. However if I have any adverse side effects like being hospitalized or going into a crazy episode. You better believe I am suing the crap out of this company and the people who filled it. I trust these company’s to give me a quality product. They have my life in there hands they need to start acting that way. Also for those of you that are wondering what to do and where your pill came from. First the number on the pill is where you start. Just type it in to google. It will tell you who made it. Just be careful since it says it may not match up exactly. So in my case I noticed the dark orange ones where different then the light orange ones even though they say they are the same there not. Anyway you then have the manufacture and where it was repackaged. Save this info along with the paperwork you get from the pharmacy. It’s also best to save at least one of the pills. If u have a reaction or they are not working for you. Call the company and state all this. Demand a refund and if they refuse I think it’s time we start looking into are legal rights when it comes to this kind of thing

    • This reply was modified 3 days, 20 hours ago by  jenbenz447.
  • #117027

    The original name brand changed my life and I had close to 4 wonderful years with my symptoms well under control. Then something definitely changed. This month I unfortunately was filled some CVS that does absolutely nothing for my executive functioning. I haven’t accomplished much of anything this month. My laundry is piled up and the dishes are now. I forgot to schedule a couple appointments and just feel very hyper. Opinions on the brand that is most like the original?? I can’t wait to get my new script filled in 4 days.

  • #117033

    pamelab
    Participant

    I also just filled an Adderall 10 mg rx at CVS and this particular generic has done nothing for me. It is manufactured by Sandoz Pharnaceuticals. The generic Adderall manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals was very helpful. I just listened to the NPR Fresh Air podcast “The Dark Side of Generic Prescription Drugs” and boy is it scary.

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