Generic Klonopin OK ???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by nancyw, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. nancyw

    nancyw New Member

    In my post yesterday I said my doc had agreed to prescribe a "one-time" trial of Klonopin. I picked it up today at the pharmacist and of course, they gave me the generic - CLONAZEPAM. Anybody take this instead of Klonopin or should I request the name brand instead? I seem to rememeber something awhile back about a generic form of something not working; don't know if it was the Klonopin or not. I'd appreciate responses quickly as I was going to start this tonight, but if I need to request the brand name, I want to do it today. Thanks in advance.
  2. GooGooGirl

    GooGooGirl New Member

    I've never taken the brand name, I've always taken the generic so I couldn't really tell you if there is a difference. I know a lot of insurance companies will only pay for the generic unless your doctor says the brand is "medically necessary". The generic works just fine for me! Good luck!
  3. Harmony

    Harmony New Member

    Works great for me....I don't know the difference as Clonazapam is all I ever had.

  4. elaine_p

    elaine_p New Member

    in the Cheney/Klonopin article, I think he said patients on the generic had to take more but I told my doc I wanted the generic anyway cause it costs $30 instead of $90 per month. So far I seem to be doing fine at the same dosage recommended for the name brand (still playing with dose, though).
  5. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    I've used both, at the same dosage, and can't tell a bit of diference. They both do what they are supposed to do.

    Barbara
  6. catgal

    catgal New Member

    Hi NancyW~~Three years ago I was put on .5mg Klonopin for restless legs, sleep, and back problems. To save money, I got the generic. I took one tablet that first night, and the next morning was so drugged and hung-over from it that I couldn't function, go to work, and ended up sleeping away the entire rest of the day. It affected me like that the whole month, and I had to keep splitting it to not get the bad affects, but then I didn't receive any benefit from it.

    The next month, I got the Name Brand. My insurance would not pay for the Name Brand since the generic was available. But, I took a whole .5mg tablet that night, slept like a baby, and had no drug hang-over the next day. Infact, I felt refreshed, more flexible, less stiff & sore, and was able to get right up and get ready for work.

    After two years, the Pain Specialist upped the Klonopin from .5mg to 1mg and told me to pinch off a fourth during mid-morning and a fourth at mid-afternoon to help with my back stiffness, soreness, & spasms as I could not take the Soma during the day because it made me too sleepy. Then I take a whole one at night.

    For me, the Name Brand just works better--but the insurance will not pay for it. So, when finances are tight--I will get the 1mg generic, but I cut it in half to avoid the morning drug hangover. But, I never sleep as well or wake up feeling as refreshed & flexible as I do with the Name Brand. But, if the generic works well for you--use it--because a 30 day supply of 1mg costs me $55 since the insurance won't pay for the Name Brand.

    Best Wishes, and either way--I hope you get good results from the Klonopin! It has really helped me. Blessings, Carol....
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I always say try the generic and if it doesn't work, go for the brand name. Supposedly the generic Doxycycline doesn't work well either, but it works just fine for me.

    Love, Mikie