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  • #51502

    WI-Mom-of-Boys
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    It made the wheels fall off our child! Apparently pharmacy benefit management companies have the right to switch prescriptions to the cheapest generic available and not notify you AND not mention that the drug they are giving your child is new to the marketplace. Our child’s senior year was ruined! It took us months to figure out what the culprit was. It was the very drug prescribed to help him focus! It was Methylphenidate Er Tabs by Mylan (Epi-Pen). During this time our son’s grades went from above average to being on the brink of failing three classes that his special ed teachers deamed “the easiest schedule they had ever seen a senior get.” One class was ceramics! Our son also got into a car accident,and was ticked for inattentive driving. That same month he also got two more tickets. We are in court now trying to get him a work and school permit. He works as a pizza delivery guy! It didn’t click what the problem was until a May 1st conference with two of my son’s three special ed teachers. They said he was “not the same kid they had worked with for the past three and a half years.” We have always relied on teachers to let us know when our son needed an increased dose of his medicines, because the 12 hour dose is most effective during the day when we see him the least. Their comments were a red flag for me! However, as it turns out, he didn’t need a stronger dose of what he was on! He needed Concerta or an equivalent generic! Not a new product!!! I turned my complaint on this drug into the FDA. If your child is having issues, please check the manufacture of your child’s generic. You and your child could also be victims!

    I think true justice would be for the PBM and drug executives to lose their jobs and driver’s licenses and be driven around by their parents!!!

  • #51519

    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    There have been a lot of problems with generic Concerta, so much so that the FDA revoked some of the generics’ brand equivalency status. We had the same problem, the generic Concerta was like taking nothing. Our doctor wrote “brand medically necessary” on all his scripts after that, until the pharmacies were required to use only one of the generics, which was manufactured by the same company as brand name.

    Generic Concerta Is Not Created Equal

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

    • #122358

      Kettumies
      Participant

      Do you know if there is a way to tell if my Concerta prescription is effected or not? I’m outside the US if it makes any difference, so just wondering if it’s different.

  • #51624

    Suxie22
    Participant

    Wisconsin Mom:

    You are correct in your analysis. Quick data inquiry of medical/pharmaceutical research documents will reveal that scientists confirm that generic Concerta (Methylphenidate Extended Release) is a BIOEQUIVALENT, that is, the generic tablets have the same biochemical make-up of the Concerta, however the effectiveness of the proprietary delivery system (it is patented) of the Concerta is NOT part of the generic. The absence of the effective delivery system greatly reduces the generic Concerta efficacy. The FDA only certifies prescription generics on a basis of bioequivalency; not delivery.

    What makes Concerta unique as an extended release is in fact the way the medicine is delivered throughout the day via a tiny hole in one end of the pill. This provides a slow dosage of the medicine over time, and greatly reduces side effects of headaches and loss of appetite since the medicine is not absorbed into the blood stream all at once.

    CERTIFIED GENERIC CONCERTA will have the tiny end hole in the pill, as will name-brand Concerta. Do not accept any other generic prescription. You will have to advocate for this at the pharmacy, since many pharmacists will not be aware of this issue with the Concerta.

    If you have not picked up by now, we had this issue with our daughter last fall. I am so sorry to hear your son’s gpa took a hit, but then the positive is that you found a medicine that is very effective for him.

  • #68033

    Kellyhilde
    Participant

    Ugh!!! Just opened my son’s rx and it’s not the same medicine 🙁 what is the name of the company that produces the one with the drill hole on ends?

  • #68035

    Pump2Duncan
    Participant

    It’s my understanding that the generic with the OROS delivery system has ALZA written on it. For my son, we just went back to Concerta 27 mg. The doc wrote the script for Concerta 27 mg and the pharmacy had to fill it with a certified generic. It took 5 days for Walgreens to get it in stock, but it’s a gray cylinder pill with “ALZA 27” written on it.

    Our previous insurance made us get brand name Concerta, and this generic pill looks almost exactly like I remember brand name Concerta looking.

  • #68039

    Angie_H
    Participant

    The brand product and the authorized generic (same as brand) are manufactured by Janssen. There may be other names in addition to Janssen, such as Janssen-Cilag and Alza. The authorized generic may say distributed by Watson and/or Actavis. (The brands that are NOT bioequivalent to Concerta are Mallinckrodt and Kudco.)

    Look at the bottle for the name of the manufacturer. If the pharmacy used their own bottle, the manufacturer’s name will be on the label. If you got the original bottle, the original label is under the pharmacy label.

    Ask your pharmacist what you have, and get the package insert that comes with the prescription. This is discarded by most pharmacies.

    Look at the tablets. The brand and authorized generic are the same: Methylphenidate HCl Extended-Release Tablets are available in 18 mg, 27 mg, 36 mg, and 54 mg dosage strengths. The 18 mg tablets are yellow and imprinted with “alza 18”. The 27 mg tablets are gray and imprinted with “alza 27”. The 36 mg tablets are white and imprinted with “alza 36”. The 54 mg tablets are brownish-red and imprinted with “alza 54”. All four dosage strengths are supplied in bottles containing 30 or 100 tablets.

    Look at photos of the brand tablets on the internet. OROS is the type of delivery system. Wikipedia has a good photo of the 54 mg tablet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmotic_controlled-release_oral_delivery_system

    Google whatever letters and numbers are on your tablets or capsules. Even better, put in the information at https://www.drugs.com/imprints.php This will identify your product and its manufacturer.

    • #77148

      Careyokey911
      Participant

      That is correct i read that mallincrap was being sued and or got into trouble upon the discovery of their generic version of concerta not being bioequivalent)

      The company primarily has history of producing a lot of opiate or rather downer type meds as far as i read. So why the new switch ? Perhaps to somehow even out the score and or stock options who knows

  • #68125

    WI-Mom-of-Boys
    Participant

    Yes, Janssen is the manufacture. It also is sold under the name Actavis. The brand to avoid is by the manufacture Mylan.

    If you’ve had a bad experience with Mylan’s generic, please report it to the FDA. That is the only way they will know to monitor it. Beware that Mylan’s attorneys will call you.

    • #86965

      TruthINTexas
      Participant

      I never take calls not on my contact list. MYLAN deserves NO COOPERATION. This drug should be withdrawn immediately. Its dangerous.

  • #73988

    nckeykey
    Participant

    Two months ago I questioned the pharmacist because my generic Concerta 27 was switched to a gray ROUND pill. The manufacturer is Trigen. This generic was not effective. I switched pharmacies and am once again taking the oblong gray pills that indicate Alza 27 on the packaging. As others have said, that one is a good substitute.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by  nckeykey.
  • #74003

    Pump2Duncan
    Participant

    I just dealt with this with Walgreens. I had signed up for one of their online accounts and saw that they had filled my son’s Concerta medication with the Mallinckrodt generic (gray oblong pill with M 27) instead of the Actavis brand (gray cylinder ALZA 27) like they normally do. I called them up and stated I did not want the Mallinckrodt generic because the FDA said it was not bio-equivalent to Concerta and to please order the Actavis generic. If you google Mallinckrodt, FDA Notice, Concerta Generic you should be able to find the FDA studies that show their generic does not work the same as Concerta and the FDA has asked them to voluntarily remove their drug from the market, but the drug marker has refused.

    The pharmacist said it was just a different manufacturer, no big deal. That they simply didn’t have enough of the Actavis in stock to fill my son’s prescription so they filled it with the Mallinckrodt instead. I stuck to my guns and insisted that my son had enough of the medication on hand to wait for the Actavis order to become available. This time it only took 2 days, but they did fill it with what I know works.

    If you fill at Walgreens, I’d recommend getting their online account. It will show you the medication they have filled the prescription with before you go pick up the prescription, so if there are any issues, you’ll know beforehand. It will at least save you the headache of wasting a trip to the pharmacy.

  • #75888

    saramayi34
    Participant

    I am glad I came across this unfortunately due to insurance issues my son’s been off his med school for almost two months now, but before this I had noticed that my son seemed like he hadn’t taken his his medicane or it wasn’t working as well as before or just wasn’t lasting all day like it always had. hopefully here very soon his insurance will get approved and I will be able to make sure he he doesn’t get the malli brand again.

  • #86964

    TruthINTexas
    Participant

    My affordable Medicare copay for 60 of the generic methylphenidate would have been $200. I filled half of the script for $100, thank God. I have ALWAYS received Jaansen ER methylphenidate. I was shocked to see that the filled script was A MYLAN METHYLPHENIDATE. I was NEVER told or asked about generic options. Had I been, I would have refused the MYLAN drug. I’ll talk to the pharmacist tomorrow; but this will accomplish nothing, or so I believe. The patient (customer) gets screwed.

    Each 54 mg MYLAN was NOT EVEN CLOSE to a therapeutically equivalent to either the brand name Concerta or the Jaansen product, which is licensed from Alza.

    Initially, I feel absolutely nothing. About 90 minutes to 2 hours after ingesting the MYLAN product, I am encountering palpitations; and a rapid heartbeat. Forget concentration and focus; I feel like I just got a shot of adrenalin. I am so jumpy … I’d compare this feeling to my college days when I would reach my caffeine limit. After 12-14 cups of coffee on a prolonged (16-18 hours) intense study regimen, the final cup produced a similar effect as does this MYLAN version of Alza’s Concerta. It is garbage. The release mechanism is seriously flawed. Instead of addressing a serious ADD problem, “it is MYLAN introduced an additional problem.”

    I had presumed that HEB only sold the Jaansen brand. I was in so much pain with my hip (15 months overdue) I never thought about even looking at brand. As you probably know, pharmacy policy is one of “no returns.”

    My choice: with a serious angina issue already … my choice: WAIT for another 22 days before I can refill. My financials are overstretched — Medicare costs are $400, that w/out a full methylphenidate fill. But FDA has no sympathy.

    MYLAN should NEVER have been allowed to sell their version of Concerta. Not only does it fail to meet expected therapeutic results; but, IMO, this drug is also dangerous, especially to individuals with existing coronary issues. The LAST THING I NEED is a a drug that presents unbalanced medication releases; also a rapid heart beat.

    BTW, I also encountered efficacy problems with Mylan’s ambien. This generic had absolutely no effect on me; I was left with an unresolved insomnia until my next refill. Its the same story with MYLAN’S version of Concerta.

    I REFUSE to purchase any/all MYLAN products.

    • #100133

      notthatnatty
      Participant

      I could have written this:

      Initially, I feel absolutely nothing. About 90 minutes to 2 hours after ingesting the MYLAN product, I am encountering palpitations; and a rapid heartbeat. Forget concentration and focus; I feel like I just got a shot of adrenalin. I am so jumpy … I’d compare this feeling to my college days when I would reach my caffeine limit. After 12-14 cups of coffee on a prolonged (16-18 hours) intense study regimen, the final cup produced a similar effect as does this MYLAN version of Alza’s Concerta. It is garbage. The release mechanism is seriously flawed. Instead of addressing a serious ADD problem, “it is MYLAN introduced an additional problem.”

      Same drug manufacturer MYLAN. What a bunch of jerks. If you’re reading this, you aren’t crazy, you’ve just got the wrong drug deliver mechanism.

      I’m having a heck of a time getting the Veteran’s Affairs to admit that this is an issue and give me an OROS tab but time will tell.

      Stay strong everybody!

  • #91935

    ddt1981
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. I read it yesterday along with others and quickly realized my doctor was calling in Concerta and my pharmacy is filling it with a generic prescription made by Mallinckrodt. I went to the pharmacy first thing this morning and I asked what my doctor called in. Concerta. I said OK, why am I getting a generic form. Pharmacist said its state law to fill with a generic form of med if available. I said the Mallinckrodt form is not comparable, its different. She said to call my doctor and specify to fill the prescription with brand name only. So I call my doctor’s office, the nurse took my information and what I had to say and the reference to the FDA article that Mallinckrodt was rejected for a generic form, etc. She said the doctor would call me. I’m a little anxious, because I questionned that before and he said he was not aware of any difference between generic and the brand name. Maybe we need to consult with a ADHD specialist…..

    • #92235

      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      While the Mallinckrodt generic and a couple others lost their generic equivalency status, they weren’t pulled from the market. The chains should not be using them but they are.

      There is a true generic equivalent for Concerta, made by the brand company. It’s sold under Actavis. Walgreens uses this as their generic.

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

  • #98234

    DeaconBlues310
    Participant

    The Actavis “authorized generic” Concerta is no more due to a marketing agreement that expired 12/31/17. It can still be found on a few shelves but is no longer in production and will not be restocked. None of the remaining Concerta generics (Trigen, Mylan and Impax) feature the OROS delivery system. They market an “osmotic delivery system” but should not be confused with the OROS system patented by Alza. Actavis was purchased by Teva. Teva Canada announced the launch of ACT Methylphenidate ER featuring the OROS delivery system. However, it currently is not available in the US.

    https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/teva-canada-announces-the-launch-of-cact-methylphenidate-er-tablets-a-generic-version-of-cconcerta-for-the-treatment-of-adhd-677614953.html

  • #99790

    OCMom
    Participant

    I am so distraught! My son is 13 and was on Vyvanse since 2nd grade. His side effects were getting worse (no weight gain, stomach ache, loss of appetite, poor sleep) so we met with a Psychiatrist to review his diagnosis over the summer and look at other med options. His teachers had filled out the connors scale again in 7th grade. So she put him on the generic concerta 27mg (methylphenidate, lab is actavis pharma) and 10mg of the generic straterra (lab is rising pharm). He seemed to be doing OK, but now in the 3rd week of school, every single teacher is saying that he is off the charts with behavior…fidgeting, talking out of turn, touching his friends etc. he even had his seat moved in a couple of classes. I called to see if we need to increase his meds, but when I saw this post, I was wondering if because he was on generic Concerta, it had a diminished effect. I have a call in to my insurance to see if they will just cover the brand of Concerta, but I doubt they will…I am wondering if I should just put him back on Vyvanse.I sincerely appreciate any advice! I just want him to have a successful year in 8th grade…

    • #99831

      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      The Actavis generic is the equivalent generic. All other manufacturers don’t work the same, nor are they nearly as effective.

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

  • #99902

    Treehugger
    Participant

    Dont forget to try the good rx cards instead of ANY insurance.
    I get my scripts ALOT CHEAPER ot going thru insurance!!!!!

  • #100211

    Frozenblub
    Participant

    Does anyone know what generic form of Concerta Wal-Mart Pharmacies carry? I go pick up my new prescription tomorrow and was wondering if anyone knew. Are there any decent generics right now or are you finding that only the name brand works the same these days?

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 4 weeks ago by  Frozenblub.
  • #102697

    rocketman
    Participant

    I heard Wal-Mart may carry the Actavis one, but everytime I go there they are out of stock, so I gave up on them. Plus Wal-Mart’s employees suck at customer service imo. Walgreen switched me from Actavis generic to Amneal, which does not work as well. I was told to insist on the Actavis at Walgreens, we’ll see if that works.

    • #102702

      notthatnatty
      Participant

      The way I got my doc to write my script was to put “DO NOT USE MYLAN” and “DO NOT USE ____” whatever brand generic you’re having a problem with. The pharmacist won’t use those brands…they will use what they have left…which is only a couple brands that use the OROS delivery method.

  • #102781

    kncy
    Participant

    So I just filled my son’s at CVS, they have TriGen.
    My doctor did wrote Do NOT USE Mylan, and another brand, but TriGen is not on his list.

    From what people said, TriGen is as trash as the other ones.

    So where can I get the good brand?

    My son is switching to Metedate CD to Concerta, so it is new drug to him.
    He wouldn’t know the difference.

    Please help.

    • #102878

      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      In my area, Walgreen’s carries the Actavis. Anything else is useless because it doesn’t have the proprietary time-release mechanism. Have your doctor write brand or Actavis/Janssen on the Rx.

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

    • #103101

      kncy
      Participant

      Hi, Penny,
      Thank you for the info.
      I called Walgreen, they did carry Actavis, but unfortunately, I am stuck with the 30 TriGen tablets from CVS.

      My son took his very first one yesterday, he said there is not that much different than the 20mg Metadate cd he’s been taking.
      But I did notice his appetite decrease, our Dr. said that is a good sign that the medication is working.

      So we will see.

      Once we use up the 30 tablets, I will switch to Walgreen, but probably will pay double because our prescription insurance is CVS/Caremark

  • #105788

    apple921
    Participant

    Is anyone having this problem with Mylan’s generic instant release methylphenidate?? I’ve been trying to find more info about this and can only see people having issues with their ER form.

    I’m in the UK and have been given the generic Mylan tablets for some reason, and I can’t believe it’s the same medicine! I’m getting barely any benefit at all and I feel so flat, miserable and disconnected.

    • #105799

      VxBx
      Participant

      Unfortunately I don’t have specific information about Mylan, but I still wanted to send you my empathy. I’ve been on useless generics, feeling truly that I am losing my mind and then having the pharmacy tell me “it’s the same thing”… It’s so hard. Hang in there! It’s not you… you are not flat, miserable or disconnected. And you’re definitely not alone!

      So far, all I could figure out is that we need to get the “authorized” generic, which is the brand name being marketed as a generic. Anything else and it doesn’t have the same release formula, might contain dyes (red #40 etc.) or other inactive ingredients that we can react to.

      Let us know if you are able to achieve anything or figure it out? I would be happy to learn from your experience for sure!

  • #105823

    steftomes
    Participant

    The Mylan generic gave my child an awful reaction. (Walgreens switched from Actavis to this one) Now we are on the brand name Concerta because I desperately had to get her better and functioning. Trying to find the equivalent for a lower price now. The brand is difficult to afford. I contacted Teva, who purchased Actavis, to see if they will continue to manufacture this generic. I will also check to see if my Walgreens can special order it. Do you all have good luck with the GoodRX card?

  • #105756

    VxBx
    Participant

    Hi there,

    Both myself and my daughter are on Concerta brand name and we’ve had horrible experiences with the generics in the past. Starting 2019, our insurance will not pay at all for brand name Concerta, or even let us pay a portion of the cost out-of-pocket as we’ve been doing up to now.

    1) Is Actavis still the authorized generic (aka brand marketed as generic) for 2019? I read somewhere the Actavis / Janssen contract is ending soon. Does anyone know please?

    2) What can our doctor write on the script to have the pharmacy only fill the “authorized generic”? Meaning, if it’s not Actavis anymore, it will still indicate ‘authorized generic’ only? Suggestions are to put on the Rx “OROS Delivery System Only”; has anyone had success with this? https://beingwellcenter.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/concern-over-concerta/

    3) What are my rights as consumer, if any? May I insist on the authorized generic; or should I just find a pharmacy that will sell it and stop there?

    Our local CVS still carries Trigen and says that’s the only generic they can sell. After seeing this FDA enforcement report, I’m even more convinced I don’t want to use Trigen. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=162135

    This is all just so scary; we are trying to do the best we can and the odds sometimes seem stacked against us!

    Thank you!
    Vx

  • #105986

    lorkaylavene
    Participant

    Hi, I have two quick questions for those of you who are dealing with low efficacy on Methylphenidate ER.

    1) One of you mentioned that while the FDA requires all SNDA’s for generics exhibit bioequivalence but not ensure delayed release delivery. Do you have a resource where I could research that stipulation in the FDA guidelines?

    2) I’m a long-time and long-term Concerta user. I’m unfortunately unable to recollect my previous generic, but just recently Walgreens started to supply a generic under the manufacturer Amneal starting in October. Has anyone used this form and seen less efficacy?

  • #105987

    lorkaylavene
    Participant

    And the only sure-fire way, barring insurance limitations on what is allowed to be dispensed in the case of brand vs. generic, to guarantee that you will receive the brand form versus the generic is the prescriber has to physically write, NOT CHECK, “BRAND MEDICALLY NECESSARY” on the Rx.

  • #106018

    VxBx
    Participant

    Is Teva now the authorized generic for brand Concerta? I looked on their site and the pills seem exactly like my current brand Concerta… The Alza stamp etc. Please if anyone knows, post here?

    https://www.tevagenerics.com/product/methylphenidate-hydrochloride-extended-release-tablets-usp-cii

    Thank you!!

    • #106024

      Penny Williams
      Keymaster

      If it has the osmotic-controlled release oral delivery system (OROS), then it’s equivalent to brand. That is the piece missing from so many of the generics that aren’t as effective as brand Concerta for most people. I do believe Teva is manufacturing the true equivalent now, but I can’t find definitive answer online about that.

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

    • #106249

      VxBx
      Participant

      If you follow this link and view the images of the pills, just below the pic there is text that confirms the rating as “Authorized Generic” for Teva. Please let us know if anyone has been able to confirm this?

      https://www.tevagenerics.com/product/methylphenidate-hydrochloride-extended-release-tablets-usp-cii

      (Sorry I don’t know how to paste a picture here)

      Thank you!

  • #106240

    luvmine3
    Participant

    I have known about this for a very long time. I have always search for the active this generic however since we are further from January 2017 it is impossible to even find it anywhere. Someone please tell me what is the generic that has the correct oris delivery system? I like many of the post on here had to figure out this was the problem with my sons medication and it reeked havoc on him. He hast to have the Oreos and unfortunately the brand name Concerta is anywhere from $800-$1000 with our insurance. 🙁

  • #106281

    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    I believe the true equivalent has been manufactured under Actavis, Jansen, and Teva. I think Teva is the current generic that has the OROS mechanism.

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

    • #106326

      VxBx
      Participant

      Thank you SO much Penny! Also just thanks for this forum in general – it’s helped me so very much in different ways over the years.

      Quick update if it will help someone… Spoke to our local CVS and they ARE able to order the TEVA authorized generic. They recommend doctor puts on the Rx something along the lines of “Dispense Teva manufactured authorized generic only”.

      Good luck everyone!

  • #106296

    weisla
    Participant

    Teva purchased Actavis. According to the TeVault website, they are still manufacturing a Brand Equivalent generic Methylphenidate with the OROS delivery system:
    https://www.tevagenerics.com/product/methylphenidate-hydrochloride-extended-release-tablets-usp-cii

    This page has country-specific contact information to inquire about Teva generics formerly produced by Actavis:
    https://www.tevapharm.com/integration/

    As of Dec 12, 2018 my local Walgreens filled my scrip with alza capsules and the label listed “MFG Actavis”

    Please contact the FDA to report problems with non-OROS generics. They do follow up:
    https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/howtoreport/ucm053074.htm

  • #106867

    ssdsdifjsdifj
    Participant

    The problem may be with the pharmacy, by law the pharmacy is supposed to be required to contact the doctor to ask specifically if the doc gives permission for a non AB rated (non equivalent) medication to be dispensed. Pharmacy’s often do NOT do this even though it required by law. Also some pharmacies have the medication listed wrong on their computers, I called one that said that a generic was AB rated in their computer but that generic is actually not equivalent. So check if the pharmacy has documentation that they called the doctor, ask the doctor if the pharmacy actually did call (since the pharmacies are probably lying since they are not doing this) and check whether they have the medication correctly listed as AB rated or BX rated. If the pharmacy made a mistake and dispensed a non AB rated med without approval you may have a lawsuit against the pharmacy.

  • #110366

    Torontoguy
    Participant

    I’ve just started taking Ritalin, the generic always makes me mellow. I was on a brand name different Ritalin in Canada. Then I was switched to Concerts, but what I got was APO generic ER version. I just wanted to lay in bed all afternoon. Now I have the brand and it’s much better. The psychiatrist and pharmacy just shrug their shoulders like they don’t have a clue why I would find a difference. It’s not until stumbling on to this have I found others who have issues with the generic.

  • #114416

    NYmom2two
    Participant

    Thank you so much for all this information. I have come to this forum many times to gather information regarding medication information. This is my first time asking a question.

    Does anyone have information regarding Patriot Pharmaceuticals? They are owned by Janssen and are manufacturing a brand equivalent of concerta. Our local pharmacy will be carrying this when their Actavis runs out.

    Thank you for all responses.

    • #115120

      TranquiliTea
      Participant

      I just found out my pharmacy is switching to Patriot as well. Makes me nervous since the only one I can take is Mylan at the moment.

  • #115432

    steftomes
    Participant

    Amneal is the one that made my daughter really sick/high. I now have our pharmacist at walgreens order Actavis/Teva, and doc writes that on the script as well.

  • #115664

    Gilly86
    Participant

    Hello all, I’m new here, but the info has been real beneficial. I just had a fit with my pharmacy about not being able to order actavis brand anymore, and they said that Patriot is the new generic preference. I asked to see the pill, and it is the EXACT same pill as that actavis. Says ALZA 36 on oblong white pill. Thank God, because I was gonna lose it. Been taking it for a month now and no change.

  • #121916

    NYmom2two
    Participant

    Please help-

    Has anyone’s child been taking the medication from Patriot and have had side effects that have not been present before? Patriot is the new generic preference for Concerta ER.

    Thanks – a concerned Mom

  • #121918

    AutumnDraidean
    Participant

    Boy how am I GLAD I saw this thread. I’ve been having pretty good luck with generic immediate release methylphenidate and if they decide they want me to try long acting I’m going to decline for now and stick with immediate release. I also take synthroid and have to insist on the name brand of that because generics are so freaking irregular that I get symptomatic on it sometimes.

    The generic situation is a downright jungle these days.

  • #124395

    yanks6296
    Participant

    My son has been taking concerta generic activis 36 mg with no problems. This month the pharmacy filled with Patriot generic. The pill looks identical. My son now has has horrible side effects that he never had before. Severe headaches with dizziness and says he feels like his heart his beating fast. Anyone know with the change in manufacturer if they changed any of the ingredients?

  • #127004

    amf226
    Participant

    Anyone have feedback on Patriot Pharmaceutical generic? I had good results with Actavis and I know Teva bought them. Just nervous!

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      NYmom2two
      Participant

      My daughter had an awful outcome. She started to have uncontrolled facial ticks non-stop. I cried just watching her. She had been on the medicine for years and after starting the medication from Patriot is when it all started. Of course, it could have just started regardless of the manufacturer change. Our doctor changed her entire medication and the ticks went away. It was a rough month or so, but by the end of summer she was back to her normal self. Good luck!

  • #127344

    amf226
    Participant

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m so sorry for your daughter but glad she is doing better

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