Because prescription drugs get more expensive every day, more and more people are trying out generic drugs to treat hypertension. The concept behind generic medications is that they are the equivalent of brand name prescription medications, but they are available at a lower cost. A drug can be distributed as a generic after its patent has expired. This makes it available for manufacture by multiple companies. This translates to lower costs for you.
Some doctors and consumers worry that generic brand blood pressure medications may not perform as well as name brand. Naturally, people often think that less expensive products are not as good.
Bioequivalent drugs have chemical actions that are equivalent to their original brand name counterparts. Generic medications for high blood pressure are considered to be bioequivalent. The differences in generic and brand name medications are limited to the types of inactive fillers that are used and the appearance of the medication – like the color and the shape. Consumers often feel confused when they see that their brand name medication looks different from their new generic medication.
It seems, though, as if generic heart and blood pressure medications are quite similar to their brand name counterparts. This month, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that analyzed several of the drugs that are used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and hypertension. They did an analysis that covered 47 different studies comparing generic blood pressure medications with name brand medicines. The analysis showed that the two options have the same clinical outcomes. There has never before been a truly comprehensive analysis published discussing a comparison of generic and brand name high blood pressure medications and their equivalents.
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