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Generic Lipitor: Fight or switch?

Q. Recently, my insurance company switched my cholesterol medication from Lipitor to generic atorvastatin. Are generic medications as good as brand-name drugs?

A. You can take your generic medications with the same confidence that you take the brand-name versions. The FDA requires that a generic medication contain the same active ingredient as its brand-name counterpart. It must contain the same amount of medication and be equally absorbed by the body.

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