Generic medicines are the same as a branded medicine, for example Nurofen is the branded name for the medicine ibuprofen (the generic name). Generic medicines are made to the same standard as branded medicines so they are as safe and effective and of the same high quality as the branded medicines. Generic medicines contain the same ingredients and are identical in strength to the branded medicine, so they treat conditions in just the same way as a branded medicine.
There may be some difference in colour, shape or size which does not affect the medicine or the way it works.
Using generic medicines saves money which is used in other ways to benefit you, your family and other patients. The advice from the Department of Health is to use generic medicines where they are available.
For these reasons, your repeat prescription will change and you will now be prescribed generic medicines.
Remember, generic medicines:
- Have the same active ingredients as branded medicines
- Meet the same quality standards as branded medicines
- Are as safe and effective as branded medicines.