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  • #458252
    Suzanne
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    From The People’s Pharmacy:

    Can You Trust Foreign-Made Generic Medicines?

    “Can You Trust Foreign-Made Generic Medicines?”

    Mom of teen daughter with Poly JIA since age 2. Current med: azithromycin 250 mg MWF.

    #458255
    whaleharbor
    Keymaster

    I recently went and am going through an issue because my pharmacy changed the generic minocycline I was taking. It did not agree with me or didin’t work for me…or I don’t know what. Long story short…I went downhill very fast. Now that I’m on the “mormal” generic…I’m beginning to respond well but it’s a slow road back. I’m so angry. This is a HUGE issue.

    200mg Celebrex 1 times per day.
    100 mg Minocycline every other day (Actavis Brand)

    #458259
    richie
    Participant

    Hi -M<any opinions –European makers are just fine –Indian companies mfg in the USA or Europe also fine -made in India not so fine !!!!!!!!!!!-Just my opinion

    #458269
    Spiffy1
    Moderator

    Same thing happened to me! I am now taking plain cellulose pills to prove no reaction to cellulose. I will then have compounding pharmacist Add in minocyclene with no other fillers to see if I will be able to take minocyclene any more.

    Flare fall of 2014...muscle aches, joint pains, fatigue, hair loss, rashes, etc.
    RA Factor 71 in Jan 2015 down to 25 as of September 2017
    DR4/DQ8 HLA...biotoxin illness
    IGG food allergy to wheat, egg, and dairy...probably all grains
    Vit. C&D, probiotics, milk thistle, turmeric, fish oil, methyl b 12, methyl folate, digestive enzymes, Candisol, Ubiquinol, berberine, chlorella, Moducare, LDN, monolaurin, Triphala, Patriot Greens, Paractin
    MTHFR compound heterozygous
    Igenex IGM positive Lyme, minoMWF

    #458277
    Suzanne
    Participant

    I had become very frustrated with the distributors our pharmacy uses switching brands so often. Now that I see some familiar names on the list, I understand why and I am just going to accept that they are doing the best they can.

    Mom of teen daughter with Poly JIA since age 2. Current med: azithromycin 250 mg MWF.

    #458279
    whaleharbor
    Keymaster

    Suzanne, I was told by the pharmacy that they could no longer get the Actavis brand. But one morning when I came here and realized that my flare could be due to a switch in the generic, I spoke with a different pharmacist that said it was available and that she could get it but had me make the doctor send a new script that said “Actavis Only.” Voila…it worked…suddenly they could get it. Go figure. If there is a certain brand that does better for you I wouldn’t just accept it…I’d fight for it.

    200mg Celebrex 1 times per day.
    100 mg Minocycline every other day (Actavis Brand)

    #458280
    Suzanne
    Participant

    We have a long relationship with an independent pharmacist and they used to be able accommodate requests easily. Those days are gone, but I am going to trust that their distributor is making the changes due to safety and quality. I fought to get Wockhardt azithromycin back, but seeing the problems with Wockhardt tells me that was a mistake. I suppose the distributors know when there are changes or problems with manufacturing and makes the choice of whether or not to continue to carry that brand.

    Mom of teen daughter with Poly JIA since age 2. Current med: azithromycin 250 mg MWF.

    #458283
    whaleharbor
    Keymaster

    Gotcha…I have to foster a relationship with an independent pharmacy…you are so smart to do that. I’ve been using a “big box” pharmacy and to them I am just a number.

    200mg Celebrex 1 times per day.
    100 mg Minocycline every other day (Actavis Brand)

    #458284
    Suzanne
    Participant

    It was out of necessity when my daughter was younger and the meds she was prescribed were rare in pediatric doses. They have helped me in many ways over the years, but at the same time you don’t have the 24/7 convenience and we sometimes have to “cheat” on them for acute illnesses.

    Mom of teen daughter with Poly JIA since age 2. Current med: azithromycin 250 mg MWF.

    #458297
    RJR1066
    Participant

    I have this question too. I started AP for Scleroderma 4 years ago and was taking brand name MINOCIN until I just could not afford it anymore. Last year I started to ‘wean’ myself from it and split MINOCIN with Minomycin from NZ which I was buying through Canada Drug.
    In December 2016, I switched completely to Minomycin from NZ. I have felt great on it so far.

    I have learned Canada Drug can no longer get Minomycin from NZ- what they are now selling as ‘brand’ MINOCIN is Aknemin from Britain.

    I would like to know if anyone is using Aknemin for Scleroderma and how well it is working for you?

    I am also wondering if anyone can explain why these ‘brands’ have such spotty availability-and they keep changing? Is MINOCIN going to disappear entirely or something? Last year MINOCIN in the US cost $3000 for just 72 pills. Just outrageous.

    Thanks!

    RJR1066

    Thanks!

    #458298
    lynnie_sydney
    Moderator

    Hi RJR1066
    I posted this on March 6 – it may be of some help to you: Minocycline Brand Australia

    This may be of help to some who are searching for brand minocycline.

    Chemist Warehouse Australia carries the Minomycin brand of minocycline: Minomycin

    Minomycin in Australia is currently distributed by Aspen pharmaceuticals, who purchased the rights from Sigma. This is the brand on which I was able to reach remission (until I became hyper-sensitive to tetracyclines and could no longer take this class of abx)

    They do ship both locally and overseas – so think it may be possible for certain countries (seems like U.S. is included) to order from them with a prescription. Scroll down the page to the bottom for shipping time estimates for US and Canada. You may need to check restrictions:
    Chemist Warehouse shipping info

    Would be interested to see how this goes if someone takes this up!

    Be well! Lynnie

    Palindromic RA 30 yrs (Chronic Lyme?)
    Mino 2003-2007 100mg MWF - can no longer tolerate mino/doxy
    abx: MWF a.m. Augmentin Duo (1/2 x 875mg) + 250mg Klacid p.m. Cefaclor (1/4 x 375mg) + 250mg Zithromax. Annual Clindy IV's
    Diet: no gluten, dairy, sulphites, low salicylates
    Supps: 600mg N-AC BID, 1000mg Vit C, CoQ10, P5P 40mg, zinc picolinate 60mg, B3 1000mcg, EPO 1000mg, Lithium orotate 20mg, Magnesium Oil equiv 400mg
    Topical bio-identical estradiol + DHEA caps + Progesterone caps

    #458302
    richie
    Participant

    Very helpful and timely for me –Valeant has a back order on minocin –it hasnt been made for over two months now and I have doubts if it will ever be made again -Since Valeant is looking to push Solodyn –On the other hand I am appealing the insurance company decision to ;make me use the generic —So I am fighting with the insurance company for something that isnt being made now –My first choice would be Actavis for a generic –back up would be minomycin –If I go that route will keep everyone posted —-

    #458303
    whaleharbor
    Keymaster

    Richie, Why is Actavis your choice for the generic?

    200mg Celebrex 1 times per day.
    100 mg Minocycline every other day (Actavis Brand)

    #458304
    lynnie_sydney
    Moderator

    Links seemed to have broken in the copy and paste of my post above. I have now re-inputted the links and they appear to be working ok now

    Be well! Lynnie

    Palindromic RA 30 yrs (Chronic Lyme?)
    Mino 2003-2007 100mg MWF - can no longer tolerate mino/doxy
    abx: MWF a.m. Augmentin Duo (1/2 x 875mg) + 250mg Klacid p.m. Cefaclor (1/4 x 375mg) + 250mg Zithromax. Annual Clindy IV's
    Diet: no gluten, dairy, sulphites, low salicylates
    Supps: 600mg N-AC BID, 1000mg Vit C, CoQ10, P5P 40mg, zinc picolinate 60mg, B3 1000mcg, EPO 1000mg, Lithium orotate 20mg, Magnesium Oil equiv 400mg
    Topical bio-identical estradiol + DHEA caps + Progesterone caps

    #458306
    Spiffy1
    Moderator

    Do you know the inert ingredients of Actavis?

    Flare fall of 2014...muscle aches, joint pains, fatigue, hair loss, rashes, etc.
    RA Factor 71 in Jan 2015 down to 25 as of September 2017
    DR4/DQ8 HLA...biotoxin illness
    IGG food allergy to wheat, egg, and dairy...probably all grains
    Vit. C&D, probiotics, milk thistle, turmeric, fish oil, methyl b 12, methyl folate, digestive enzymes, Candisol, Ubiquinol, berberine, chlorella, Moducare, LDN, monolaurin, Triphala, Patriot Greens, Paractin
    MTHFR compound heterozygous
    Igenex IGM positive Lyme, minoMWF

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