Buyer Beware

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2009-03-21 21:14:34 -0500
Started 2009-03-19 05:46:01 -0500

Hello everyone.
In these tight times, we all need to be careful of what we buy. We need to be informed and smart shoppers. I know that I am now. And here is why:
Due to back problems, I went shopping for some of those patches that helps people with pain. I stood there bewildered and in awe of all the different patches. Two caught my eye. One in a ornage box (smart move on the maker of this product!) and another for arthritis. As I looked at the two boxes in hand, I still did not know what the difference was. So, I asked the pharmacist. Her reply, after reading the ingredients:
Other than the price and the amount of patches, there is no difference in these patches. they all have the same ingredients.
Truth be known, when boxes say a particular condition, arthritis or diabetes, its a marketing ploy. If you are buying anything for any condition be it diabetes or arthritis,carefully read the box. The list of ingredients maybe jumbled as to confuse you, so read it carefully. You are actually paying for the name of the product and the fancy box. Whether it is food or lotion, read the package carefully. Ask yourself: does the box say how this can help my condition differently than the other product? Cost difference? What specifically does this product do for me that the other does not? Don't be fooled by pretty and bold wrapping. Because in the end, that is probably what your paying for.

5 replies

kdroberts 2009-03-21 21:14:34 -0500 Report

Very true. Here's another example.

Zyrtec 45 count. About $30
Aler-tec from Costco 300 count. $14.99.

Same amount of active ingredient, brand name 13 times the price of the generic.

sparkysmom 2009-03-21 18:37:38 -0500 Report

I found this to be true too. I just buy the generic or store brand if it contains same amount and ingredients. Thanks for info

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-19 10:33:09 -0500 Report

And I have also found that some Generic brands have the same ingredient as the expensive ones. It is always a good habit to read the ingredients…Thank you for sharing
this important information..


jsd2005 2009-03-19 08:23:12 -0500 Report

This is an extremely important message. I always suggest to read any and all ingredient labels prior to taking any medication. Yes, it is true, many items are sold for the different things or marketed for different things, but contain exactly the SAME ingredients. This is why it is also extremely important to know generic and trade names for all your medications.

Check all labels for these names and see what you are buying. Does this medication sound familiar? It is the same as another medication you are already taking? For instance, Motrin, Aleve and ibuprofen are all the same medications. Usually, sold in 200mg tablets, but are the exact same medication. Now, also realize that generic and trade name medications may not be the same thing. If you are always use to taking the trade or brand name of a medication, do not switch to a generic unless, specified as Okay by your physician. (This is another story) this may be alright if you have been taking and have no problems with Tylenol and you decide to buy acetaminophen because it is cheaper, but I would still recommend at least talking with or asking your Dr. first. Tylenol and acetaminophen are the same thing/medications that is!

Boy, it can get confusing can't it. Always, always talk with your physician and discuss your treatment options before changing, stopping or doing something different. Your physician, is the gate keeper to your health and needs to know what you are doing, he needs to approve of what you are doing and you need to be in agreement that it is the best thing and the safest thing for you to be doing.

lipsie 2009-03-19 07:37:24 -0500 Report

In this you are SO right! My fiance and I are VERY catious to what we buy now a days! Cuz like you said, some packages you'll get more, and its the same DARN thing! They'are tricky, and get over on some of us unfortnately. Good point to made, thanks. Sheila

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