Generic medications work as well as their brand-name counterparts
at a fraction of the cost. Doctors aren't always aware of which
drugs have generic versions, so you may need to do some
We can recommend two excellent Web sites for doing this:
DrugDigest.org lets you
look up individual drugs or browse through drug categories. To
find out whether a brand-name drug has a generic alternative,
enter its name in the Search box on the left side of the page.
Along with telling you its active ingredient and drug class, the
information lists whether or not there's a generic version
available. Just because a particular drug hasn't yet gone generic
doesn't mean there isn't a generic alternative. At the top of the
DrugDigest.org page, hover over the "Compare Drugs" tab and
choose "Drug Comparisons" from the drop-down box.
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