As a family physician I treat most of the common medical problems seen in office practice. In years not so long ago it was really difficult to treat many conditions effectively because the good drugs needed were incredibly expensive. Many conditions still require expensive brand name medications, but in the last decade or so many of the great drugs developed in the last 25 years have lost their patent and are available as generic bargains. Here are a few of my top favorites:
SSRI Antidepressants: Prior to Prozac the treatment of depression was terribly difficult. Now we have several excellent generic drugs, including fluoxetine, generic for Prozac available. These include citalopram, sertraline, paroxitine and bupropion. Most depression that responds to medication can be treated with one or more of these drugs, many or which are on the $4 / month discount pharmacy programs.
ACE Inhibitors: The angiotensin inhibitors have revolutionized the treatment of congestive heart failure, the protection of renal function in diabetes, and the treatment of hypertension. Almost all are on the discount pharmacy programs now.
Online pharmacies, much like their branded counterparts, vary in their product lineups. It is possible to find sites that only sell brand-name products, those that exclusively sell generic medications, and those that sell both. It is notable that a large number of online drugstores seem to carry generic medication, only offering brand drugs when there are no existing generic equivalents. There are some advantages inherent to each set-up that people who buy medication online might want to consider.
Generic pharmacies clearly have the advantage for customers in terms of prices. Online pharmacies tend to have lower prices than their brick-and-mortar counterparts due to lower operating costs. An online drugstore that sells only generic products can have even lower prices, since generic products are already much cheaper. This is because they don’t have any research and developments costs behind them. In cases where a generic equivalent is available and the doctor believes there would be no adverse effects to the treatment, then ordering from an online pharmacy should be considered an option.
Another possible advantage of online pharmacies that only sell generics is availability. There are instances wherein, due to legal restrictions and patent protections, companies in the United States cannot legally produce a generic equivalent. These restrictions do not apply to other countries, so it is entirely possible for online generic pharmacies to provide a cheaper generic drug that isn’t available in the U.S. yet. This can be very useful for those who cannot afford a brand-name drug, but lack any generic alternatives available in traditional pharmacies.