Fluoxetine Hydrochloride

EON vs. IVAX

 

EON Labs 20mg capsule at left, IVAX Pharmaceuticals 20mg capsule at right

 

The doctors, pharmacists, and other medical personnel I speak to, think I am making it up. They insist that these pills are exactly the same because they are both generic forms of Prozac, with active ingredient Fluoxetine.

But look at them. Do they look the same? The difference in size and color may have a great effect on their actual chemical similarities. In fact, this is precisely why I have taken it upon myself to find out what's different. I have had different experiences with each brand, one mostly positive, one mostly negative. Here are my side effects for each:

 

Side effect:

EON

IVAX

Weight loss

4

3

Insomnia

1

4

Anxiety

2

5

Lightheadedness

0

3

Anorgasmia

2

5

Unusual dreams

2

4

Yawning

5

2

Sweaty palms

1

3

Dry mouth

3

2

Change in digestion

5

4

Leg cramps

1

2

0 = no change from non-medicated state, 5 = intolerable change from non-medicated state

 

What could be causing such differences between capsules? Surely the color isn't a factor. Or is it? According to the Feingold Association (diet-studies.com), all 7 of the food dyes used in the United States cause adverse reactions:

Color

Found in:

Causes:

RED 3

Candy, Desserts, Baked Goods

Thyroid tumors
Chromosomal damage

RED 40

Beverages, Candy, Desserts, Pet Food

Earlier lymphomas (lymph tumors)

BLUE 1

Beverage, Candy, Baked Goods

Chromosomal Damage

BLUE 2

Pet Foods, Candy, Beverages

Brain tumors

GREEN 3

Beverages, Candy

Bladder tumors

YELLOW 5

Pet Food, Beverages, Baked Goods

Allergies, thyroid tumors, lymphocytic lymphomas, chromosomal damage

YELLOW 6

Beverages, Candy, Desserts, Sausage

Allergies, Kidney tumors, chromosomal damage

 

That's not to say that anyone who consumes these dyes will have these reactions. Studies have also shown that chocolate, coffee, and other foods that have been consumed for centuries, cause cancer and other negative consequences.

The point is, dyes don't just make things different colors. They can also cause other effects that may not be readily apparent. And if dyes can do such things, what about more obvious additives?

 

Pills contain a lot more than just the active ingredient. According to the Wikipedia, here are some of the materials commonly found in medicine:

With so many additional chemicals present, it is any surprise that pills containing the same active ingredient can have very different results? What's in my fluoxetine pills that could be causing different side effects?

 

Here's the inactive ingredient list for IVAX's pills (from http://www.ivaxpharmaceuticals.com/pdfs/IVAX_FluoxetineTabs.pdf)

 

Several of these ingredients, such as corn starch and yellow #10, cause allergic reactions in some people. Others, such as sodium laurel sulfate, cause damage simply due to their chemical nature.