Ask anyone you know about generic medications versus name brand meds and they're bound to be skeptical about generic brands.  Should we be?

The Food and Drug Administration says no.  Generic drugs are copies of brand-name drugs that have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, side effects, route of administration, risks, safety, and strength as the original drug. In other words, their pharmacological effects are exactly the same as those of their brand-name counterparts.

One of the main reasons generic medications cost less is because generic companies don't have to spend tons of money on research and advertising.  But the FDA does assure Americans that the effectiveness and side effects of generic drugs are the exact same as name brands.

So the next time your pharmacists asks if you'd prefer generic, say yes knowing that you saved money and will get the same results.

[Via:  Medicinenet]