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Femara/Letrozole - "Real" vs Generic?

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Just wondering if those who were on Femara and have gone to the generic have noticed any differences in them?

I had just gotten my 3 mth supply in just before the Generic came out so I'm still on the 'Real' Femara until late Aug but I recently got my next 3 months worth in and it's the Generic.

So has anyone noticed any differences.


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I am on the generic Arimidex and I haven't noticed any difference.

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I had the same question and asked my onco. He said the main ingredient is the same. So switched over. Good luck. Maybe ask ur onco. I'd be interested in his/her answer. Katz

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I think the price of it is all they pretty much have the same ingredients.I'm on 2.5mg of letrozole and i pay only $7.oo (that's co-pay after Ins.)

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from my experience. I had the "real" stuff for 2 or 3 months and now the generice for about the same length of time. Color is different and price but I get it all for the same $ anyway.

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My generic ones look exactly like the real Femara - same size and color just have different marking on them. The new ones have E126 on them and the Femara has FV on one side and GG on the other. The generic that I have are made by Qualitest.

The generic cost me the same as the real did. Doesn't matter what the med is, I pay $8 per month for each script I have. Don't know why they do it but VA sends some in 3 month lots and some monthly.


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Pharamacy Education and says there seems to be no difference. The FDA has rules about the producing generic drugs and any difference would have to be reported. Although the FDA has messed up before.

I am also on Femera and seem a little stiffer than before. Bt its so hot here that I don't walk like I used to. I have been on the generic since it came out because my insurance won't pay for a 90 day supply.

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I've been taking Letrozole since the breast cancer was discovered in my lung - that has been 10 years this year. Two types of chemo failed to knock it out and as I was preparing for radiation, I started taking Letrozole. Within a month the tumor began to shrink and all that is left is scarring where it once was. I am so grateful to my doctor for recommending it to me. My other oncologist didn't even mention it. Needless to say I'm happy to be alive and enjoying life.

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Not the brand name I had no sleep for a year and a half terrible joint pain terrible back pain falling for no reason two very bad falls terrible weight gain I wish you the best. I am back on the brand name enjoying sleep weight been stable joint and back pain has not been that bad

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