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Older Versions


An older version of a drug is a drug that provides the same therapeutic benefit as a newer drug. While it may not contain the same ingredients, and may not do everything a newer version does, it may still be effective for your particular situation.

Advantages of an older drug:

  • Older versions of a drug are usually less expensive than newer versions. 
  • Information about the drug is likely to be reliable. Older versions of a drug have the advantage of having been tested for a longer period of time - including extensive use.
  • Experience has been a good teacher about how to deal with side effects.

There are no apparent disadvantages to using an older versus a newer drug. The key is whether it is effective for your particular health situation.

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