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Branded vs Generic Medication

Here at Instant eCare, we sell both branded and generic medications. Branded medications have a brand name, whereas the generic ones don’t. They contain the same active ingredient and work exactly the same.

An example is the Ventolin inhaler and the generic salbutamol inhaler. Both inhalers contain salbutamol and both will treat your asthma in the same way. The main difference is the price. Some people have a preference for one or the other, but both kinds of inhalers work in the same way.

While the active ingredients in these medications are the same, you may respond slightly differently to branded medications than you do to generics. This is because some of the inactive ingredients (excipients) may slightly vary. However, most of the time your body should respond in the same way to each medication.

We’ve put some tables together for some of the conditions we sell generic and branded medication for most frequently. That way, you can compare the price per pill and see the difference in price between the branded version and the generic version.

Acid Reflux

Losec & Its Generic Alternative

Nexium & Its Generic Alternative

Losec

Omeprazole

Nexium

Esomeprazole

Strength*

20mg

20mg

20mg

20mg

Dose

Take one capsule daily

Take one capsule daily

Take one tablet daily

Take one tablet daily

Active Ingredient

omeprazole

omeprazole

esomeprazole

esomeprazole

Cost / Pill

1 month

£0.74

£0.64

£4.00

£1.12

2 months

£0.71

£0.54

£2.50

n/a

Most Common Side Effects

headache, stomach pain, nausea

headache, stomach pain, nausea

headache, stomach pain, nausea

headache, stomach pain, nausea

*Other strengths available, this strength selected for comparison purposes.

Anti-Malaria

Malarone

Malarone

Generic Malarone

Strength

250mg / 100mg

250mg / 100mg

Dose

Take one daily starting two days before your trip and continue for seven days upon your return.

Take one daily starting two days before your trip and continue for seven days upon your return.

Active Ingredient

atovaquone & proguanil hydrochloride

atovaquone & proguanil hydrochloride

Cost / Pill

1 week

£3.12

£2.62

2 weeks

£3.04

£2.52

3 weeks

£2.83

£2.36

4 weeks

£2.70

£2.43

6 weeks

£2.49

£2.27

8 weeks

£2.43

£2.23

10 weeks

£2.39

£2.19

3 months

£2.36

£2.15

6 months

£2.28

£2.02

12 months

£2.06

£1.94

Most Common Side Effects

dizziness, sleeping problems, strange dreams

dizziness, sleeping problems, strange dreams

Asthma

Ventolin & Its Generic Alternative

Seretide & Its Generic Alternative

Ventolin

Salbutamol

Seretide

Sirdupla

Strength*

100 mcg

100 mcg

25 / 125 mcg

25 / 125 mcg

Dose

Take 1 or 2 puffs as needed

Take 1 or 2 puffs as needed

Take 2 puffs twice a day

Take 2 puffs twice a day

Active Ingredient

salbutamol

salbutamol

salmeterol & fluticasone propionate

salmeterol & fluticasone propionate

Cost / Pill

1 inhaler

£13.49

£8.99

£77.99

£55.99

2 inhalers

£10.80

£8.99

£67.99

£44.99

4 inhalers

£10.80

£8.09

£57.99

£35.25

Most Common Side Effects

feeling shaky, headache

feeling shaky, headache

thrush in the mouth, muscle pain, headache

thrush in the mouth, muscle pain, headache

*Other strengths available, this strength selected for comparison purposes.

Erectile Dysfunction

Viagra & Its Generic Alternative

Cialis & Its Generic Alternative

Viagra

Sildenafil

Cialis

Tadalafil

Strength*

50mg

50mg

10mg

10mg

Dose

Take one tablet about one hour before sexual activity.

Take one tablet about one hour before sexual activity.

Take one tablet at least 30 minutes before sexual activity.

Take one tablet at least 30 minutes before sexual activity.

Active Ingredient

Sildenafil

Sildenafil

Tadalafil

Tadalafil

Cost / Pill

4 pills

£7.87

£3.75

£9.00

£5.50

8 pills

£7.87

£2.81

£9.00

£4.12

12 pills

£7.87

£2.50

£9.00

£3.66

16 pills

£7.87

£2.34

£9.00

£3.43

24 pills

£7.12

£2.19

£8.62

£3.20

28 pills

£6.75

£2.14

n/a

£3.14

32 pills

£6.75

£2.11

£8.44

£3.09

64 pills

£6.75

£1.64

n/a

£2.40

Most Common Side Effects

Headache, nausea, facial / body flush

Headache, nausea, facial / body flush

Headache, back pain, muscle aches

Headache, back pain, muscle aches

*Other strengths available, this strength selected for comparison purposes.

Hay Fever

Nasonex & Its Generic Alternative

Telfast & Its Generic Alternative

Nasonex

Mometasone

Telfast

Fexofenadine

Strength

50mcg per spray

50mcg per spray

120mg

120mg

Dose

2 sprays in each nostril once a day.

2 sprays in each nostril once a day.

Take one daily.

Take one daily.

Active Ingredient

Mometasone furoate

Mometasone furoate

Fexofenadine hydrochloride

Fexofenadine hydrochloride

Cost

1 month

£14.99 per nasal spray

£9.99 per nasal spray

60p per pill

54p per pill

2 months

£14.25 per nasal spray

£9.50 per nasal spray

45p per pill

42p per pill

3 months

£13.16 per nasal spray

£9.66 per nasal spray

40p per pill

38p per pill

Most Common Side Effects

Headache, sneezing, nosebleeds.

Headache, sneezing, nosebleeds.

Headache, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness.

Headache, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness.

Migraine

Imigran & Its Generic Alternative

Maxalt Melt & Its Generic Alternative

Zomig & Its Generic Alternative

Imigran

Sumatriptan

Maxalt Melt

Rizatriptan

Zomig

Zolmitriptan

Strength

50mg

50mg*

10mg

10mg

2.5mg

2.5mg*

Dose

Take one tablet when you feel a migraine coming on.

Take one tablet when you feel a migraine coming on.

Place one on your tongue, allow to dissolve then swallow.

Take one tablet when you feel a migraine coming on.

Take one tablet when you feel a migraine coming on.

Take one tablet when you feel a migraine coming on.

Active Ingredient

Sumatriptan

Sumatriptan

Rizatriptan

Rizatriptan

Zolmitriptan

Zolmitriptan

Cost / Pill

3 pills

n/a

n/a

£8.70

£4.00

n/a

n/a

6 pills

£6.00

£3.83

£6.75

£3.33

£5.83

£4.58

9 pills

n/a

n/a

£6.50

£3.00

n/a

n/a

12 pills

£6.00

£3.75

£6.37

£2.83

£5.42

£3.67

18 pills

£5.75

£3.72

n/a

n/a

n/a

£3.36

24 pills

£5.62

£3.71

n/a

n/a

n/a

£3.21

Most Common Side Effects

Pain, heaviness, pressure / tightness in the chest

Drowsiness, dizziness, sensory disturbances

Tingling, headache, decreased sensitivity of skin

Dizziness, sleepiness, tiredness

Tingling in your fingers / toes, dizziness, tiredness

Tingling in your fingers / toes, dizziness, tiredness

*Other strengths available, this strength selected for comparison purposes.

Oral Contraceptives

Dianette & Its Generic Alternative

Cerazette & Its Generic Alternative

Dianette

Co-Cyprindiol

Cerazette

Cerelle

Strength

2mg / 35mg

2mg / 35mg

75mg

75mg

Dose

Take one pill every day for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break before starting the next strip.

Take one pill every day for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break before starting the next strip.

Take one pill every day.

Take one pill every day.

Active Ingredient

Ethinylestradiol and cyproterone acetate

Ethinylestradiol and cyproterone acetate

Desogestrel

Desogestrel

Cost / Pill

3 months

48p per pill

40p per pill

29p per pill

13p per pill

6 months

40p per pill

36p per pill

21p per pill

11p per pill

Most Common Side Effects

Nausea, headaches, stomach aches.

Nausea, headaches, stomach aches.

Mood changes, decreased sex drive, headache.

Mood changes, decreased sex drive, headache.

Pain Relief

Zapain, Solpadol & Their Generic Alternative

Zapain

Solpadol

Co-Codamol

Strength

30mg / 500mg

30mg / 500mg

30mg / 500mg

Dose

2 tablets every 4 hours, up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.

2 tablets every 4 hours, up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.

2 tablets every 4 hours, up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Active Ingredient

Codeine and paracetamol

Codeine and paracetamol

Codeine and paracetamol

Cost / Pill

100 pills

43p per pill

50p per pill

40p per pill

200 pills

37p per pill

40p per pill

35p per pill

Most Common Side Effects

Constipation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness.

Constipation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness.

Constipation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness.