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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Drugs - Generic vs. Brand Name
Drug Identification for Generic Lopressor
Answer: The generic name for Lopressor is metoprolol. You can tell whether your pharmacy has switched manufacturers by the code. Did your previous medication have the same or a different code? Each pill has a different code. I don't have the pharmacy index, but it is a simple home comparison.
Brand Name/Generic Drugs
Answer: In general, I don't have many reservations about generic drugs. I do prefer that
pharmacies do not switch generic companies repeatedly since most drugs can be adjusted
regardless of their biologic activity. I have had occasional patients who seem to be better off
on brand name rather than generic drugs. This has happened about 5-10 times over the last
10 years. I would recommend that you know the name of the company making your drugs
and be alert if the pharmacist switches for any change in symptoms.