DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor switched me from several brand-name drugs to generic versions of those drugs. It has saved me a lot of money -- but are they really as good for me?
DEAR READER: The vast majority of generic drugs have been shown to be equally effective as brand-name drugs, and no more likely to cause side effects. There have been a few exceptions, which I'll mention. But that is my bottom line -- and I vote with my feet: I take generic drugs. They work as well as the brand-name drugs they replaced, they haven't caused side effects and they save me money. What's not to like?