How much cheaper are generics?
October 27, 2011 7:44 PM Subscribe
How extreme is the price difference between generic antidepressants of various types and their non-generic counterparts in Australia, assuming one has a prescription and a medicare card?
posted by lollusc to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
I am trying to find this out by googling but all I get is a bunch of sketchy sites trying to sell me medication over the internet.
I am probably going to go back on antidepressants. The stuff I was taking last time (Venlafaxine) is not, to my knowledge, available as a generic in Australia. I am trying to work out whether the price difference in the long term is worth the risk of trying out something that is available as a generic, or if I should just go with something that I had a good experience with before. I know Venlafaxine works well for me, but if the price difference is going to be $20 a month or so, I'd probably experiment with the cheaper option first.
I will ask my doctor about this too, of course, but in my experience he has no idea about how much drugs cost.