when i started my treatment i.e the drugs i was put on a low dose of sinemet, eventually the dose was increased and i was asked too report back too my gp changes i experienced that he would then report on too my neuro.
As the dose increased i went from branded 'sinemet' too generic(unbranded), the low dose of sinemet was fine, and would of been fine had it of been increased simply with branded, but i noticed with the generic although the dose had gone up it and went up it was less effective.
I reported back too my gp that it was less effective and i had more symptoms including increased muscle and joint pain, he then throwed a paddy and phoned the pd nurse as he couldn't get hold of the neuro, i left the surgery while they sorted it out between themselves
But i myself looked on the internet on the differences between branded and generic too back up what i was saying too the gp and give myself a second opinion based on what the internet could tell me, it turns out there can be a considerable difference in branded and generic.
A call back in the afternoon from the gp. the gp and the pd nurse decided too move me over too madopar and it would be ready for me too pick up in the morning, i also had a call from the pd nurse as well i explained too her what had occured with my medication as she thought the Gp had panicked.
the next morning i went down and picked up the prescription, it was a pot of generic madopar, i refused it pointing out what went on the day before and the reasons i'd now been put on madopar. the pharmacist told me we cant get madopar here in this area.
i told her if i'd been prescribed 'madopar' i should be on 'madopar' and not a generic and that i want the same treatment as other people are able too get elsewhere, not second class, i left it with her too sort out.
that afternoon a call.... your 'madopar' is ready too collect!!.
The roche madopar is in the glass jar, with a clear printed label and clear printed instruction sheet, when you open the jar there is cotton wool to stop the pills rolling about and being damaged, the pills are smooth and roll down my throat with ease. it is a product made with love thought and pride.
The generic 'madopar' comes in a plastic pot, the label is smuged, the leaftlet is smuged, the pills look rough, I didn't try one but generic 'sinemet' pills were rough in texture and stuck too my tongue and throat. it's cheap and it looks nasty and reading tells me it's inferior.
And my pd nurse asked "your getting the madopar alright??". yes and now i'm fine almost.