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The pharmacy switched manufacturers of my anti-depressant/anxiety meds. Walgreen's used to do it all the damn time, which is why I switched. So I know which ones work and which ones don't. The pharmacists try and tell you "it's the same medicine!" and yes, the active ingredient is the same but the inactive ones aren't and the release rates vary and all of that affects the absorbtion and your body's reaction. I'm really not sure why they do this. I understand they are businesses and need to be cognizent of costs and they get what their warehouse sends them. With most medications, this likely isn't an issue but damn this is people's (sometimes very FRAGILE) mental health that they are toying with. And I wish there were an option that if your prefered brand wasn't available or the cheapest that you could pay the discrepancy and keep things consistent.

Because right now my mental health is precariously balanced on the head of a pin and swaying dangerously. Thankfully I filled my prescriptions early last time so I still had some of the good pills left and have been mixing them with the sugar pills they stuck me with. Plus I knew these pills did nothing so I have that knowledge in the back of my head when things feel like they are getting out of control to try and ground myself. Stuff always sneaks through though and it can't be stopped. The other night I was crying because I couldn't feed all the raccoons. Like *ALL* the raccoons everywhere ever. But Paul knows and Alice knows so if thngs get wierd they can step in. May was a rough month for me for various reasons and I finally felt like things were settling back down. Guh. I didn't realize my balance was so delicate.

Date: 2015-06-15 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] styossarian.livejournal.com
:hugfax:

I'm sorry, yo. That's got to be more than frustrating. I'm in agreement; pharmacies / insurers ought to at least offer the option to pay the difference. Love, hugs, and all manner of good mojo your way.

Date: 2015-06-16 09:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] instantkarmma.livejournal.com
I gladly accept that fax of hugs <3

Date: 2015-06-16 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staysonpaper.livejournal.com
Oh man, I ran out of Lamictal a few weeks ago and was unable to refill my prescription for a couple of days. That is when I realized how incredibly fragile *my* stupid messed up brain is. That went pretty poorly, for several days, even after I got my refill. My pharmacy also switched generics this month, and for some reason with the new one I have to be very careful about taking them at almost exactly the same time each day. I used to have a lot more leeway. Hoping that diminishes as I get used to the light blue pills instead of the white ones, because it kind of sucks.

Yeah, this stuff is a *mess*. I very much understand. Are your shi[n/tt]y new generics something your body will adapt to, or do they genuinely just not work for you? And can you get your doctor to specify a particular type of generic? I've not had to do that, but my understanding is that it's possible...

My sympathies, or even something close to empathies. Just try to remember it isn't you, and it's not even the world, it's stupid, stupid chemicals. <3

Date: 2015-06-17 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] instantkarmma.livejournal.com
Nah, Walgreen's saddled me with this version on numerous occasions and it's like going from actual meds to sugar pills. It doesn't seem to be anyone's main choice so either it will be back to normal next month or the pharmacy offered to transfer my prescription for the month if we find a place with better stock.

It's so frustrating, as I'm sure you know, to feel like you're on the level and doing well then with one slight change it's like "I wanted a nectarine but accidentally got a peach. Dissolving into tears seems like an appropriate course of action..."

<3

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