I wanted to give you guys my story and thoughts on my experiences with generic vs brand name drugs.
Avodart = brand name Dutasteride
Dutas = generic Dutasteride
Propecia = brand name Finasteride
Finpecia = generic Finasteride
I order Finpecia and Dutas (generic Propecia and Avodart) from InHousePharmacy.com (supposedly a reputable company). I've been using this stuff for about a year or more, not sure as I've lost track of time. I've been predominantly using Finpecia for the majority of the last year, and Dutas for just the past 2 months. The past week though, I switched to Avodart instead of Dutas as I felt that Dutas wasn't working, and I now know for sure that Avodart is working because I have much more increased sides (dryer skin and lower libido) from taking just .5mg/day of Avodart vs 1mg/day of Dutas + 1mg/day of Finpecia. Just .5mg/day of Avodart (brand name Dutasteride) is more powerful for me than 1mg/day of Dutas plus 1mg/day of Finpecia... that says a lot in my opinion to the quality of generic drugs and their potency.
Also, I've been on regular Propecia for like over 4 or 5 years and I was losing very slowly but the past year that I was on Finpecia, my hair loss increased at a MUCH, MUCH more rapid rate. I've lost so much hair the past year that I'm in disbelief and I want to blow my brains out. I couldn't figure out why and I always thought it was just because my body became resistant to Finasteride/Finpecia/Propecia or maybe it was due to stress or depression, but now I feel like maybe its because the generic Finpecia was nowhere near as powerful as the regular Propecia.
I never really gave much thought to how potent the generic drugs are in comparison to the brand name ones, but after reading somebody else's post about the environments that they're shipped in and how they have to be stored, it made me think a little bit. Last week I found one of my Dutas pills leaking a bit and that made me suspicious of the quality. Like what if the other pills had problems too and I didn't notice. Anyway I switched to regular brand name Avodart now instead of Dutas and I have much lower libido and my semen is even more watery. I can still get it up though when I need to, I just don't have to jerk off like once a day the way I needed to in the past.
Yes, the generics are much cheaper, and yes, the generics I'm sure still do something as I had sides when I was on those too, but they're not doing what they're supposed to compared to the brand name stuff. I feel like 2.5mg of Dutas is the equivalent of .5mg of Avodart.
I'm going to stick to brand name Avodart and report back here and let you guys know what happens.