October 23, 2018
Generic Shapes
Wellness Tip

Generic Shapes

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you take generic medication, don’t be confused if the color and/or shape of the pills change when you refill your prescription. Pharmacies often get the same generic drug from different manufacturers, depending on price and availability, and the pills can vary in appearance.

People who get generic drugs that have a different color are more likely to stop taking them, according to a new study in Archives of Internal Medicine, which looked at more than 60,000 people taking seizure medications. The change in appearance can confuse people, who may also suspect that the new pills are less effective.

If you have questions about any drug— generic or brand name—talk to your health care provider or pharmacist.