The London Lane Clinic has a generic prescribing policy in line with Primary Care Trust guidelines. This means that you will be prescribed a generic medicine whenever possible.
What is a generic medicine? After the patent for a branded medicine has run out, other companies can manufacture it under a generic name. The medicine is just as safe and effective as the original branded product but it is usually much cheaper. Using generic medicines saves the NHS millions of pounds and allows money to be spent on other treatments.
Why do generic medicines look different? The branded medicines are different in colour, size, shape and even taste to the generic versions. This does not alter the effects of the medicines. In some cases tablets and capsules have special coatings so that the medicines lasts longer in the body and the doctor may feel that it is best for you to stick to one brand.