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Do generic medications have the same amount of ingredients as name brand?

Q: In your story about over the counter generic meds, you say the FDA requires the same active ingredients. Does this also mean the same amount of the ingredient too for the same effectiveness?

A: Generally speaking, it's possible that the amount of the active ingredients in generic over-the-counter meds can vary among manufacturers. For peace of mind, read the labels carefully to compare. Often the ingredients and amounts are exactly the same. I personally feel comfortable buying the drugstore name instead of the more expensive brand name for things like creams and powders.

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