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My regular pharmacy says it is in "transition", making regular Namenda hard to come by. Another pharmacy, where I managed to find Namenda, says it IS available in generic, but my mother's insurance wouldn't cover it. What? That's a new one, not covering a generic.
Anyway, anybody know if it is or isn't available in generic?
Thanks!

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I just got back from picking up our first batch of the generic Namenda from our Sam's pharmacy. It was shipped to them today. Last time I paid $318.00 for a 30 day supply. This time $24.15. Much better! I just wish I thought it was helping his memory.
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My pharmacist daughter told me that generics are often not covered by insurance when they first come out because the insurance company is slow to update their lists and do not recognize the "code" for the new med. She works for a large chain pharmacy, and they can sometimes re-run the charges after the insurance company gets on board. She also told me that in rare cases, the generic is actually more expensive than the brand name product when it is first available. Contact the insurance company and let them know that they need to add the med to their list. She expects generic Namenda to be available any day, but she won't know until it is shipped to her store from the warehouse.
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Conradnote1: I stand corrected.
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I read on the Namenda website that it was to become available on July 11 of this year. That was over a week ago, so I would check again with the pharmacy. Insurance usually wants people to take generics if they are available, so I don't understand why they wouldn't cover it.

Please be aware that generics are not clones of the original medication. There may be side effects with the generic that are not there with the original. For example, my mother could not take generic Synthroid.
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FDA approved the generic version of Namenda. It generally takes some time for the manufacturer to get the tablet to the wholesaler and pharmacies.
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Yes, but it still has to go through the Food and Drug Administration and patent process.
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You need to contact your insurance company and find out why a generic would not be covered. They can also tell you if a generic is available. If the med is not covered, you may have to find an alternative. Ask your pharmacist about this. I trust them better than a doctor.
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My mom just started on "Numb"enda in conjunction with Aricept. I did her absolutely no favors. She was much more withdrawn, more than usual orthostatic hypotension and over-the-top incontinent at the 28mg dosage. I called the doc and we agreed to take her off for a week. Almost immediately, Ma is conversing more, less dizziness and fewer urination issues. Sometimes the risk outweighs any benefit.
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Thank you, Weeone. I know this is the year it becomes generic, but I just get mixed messages from the pharmacies. :/
Thanks again!
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No, it is not available as a generic
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