Do you buy brand name medicines? Eg, Nurofen vs ibuprofenMoneySaving Poll Results

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Medicines come in all shapes and packaging, but often itís the same active ingredient doing the job; see our Cut the Cost of Medicine guide.

So do you go for brand names (eg, Nurofen or Lemsip) or do you go for generic/own brands (eg, ibuprofen or Superdrug Cold & Flu sachets)?

Which of these options is closest to your situation for the last few times youíve bought medicines?

Results

I'm a man aged under 30 (944 votes)
I buy the cheapest I can find regardless of brand (so usually generic/own brands)686 votes (73%)
I try to buy cheap unless Iím not sure, when I go for the name I know156 votes (17%)
I tend to buy cheap for me, but branded medicines for my kids14 votes (1%)
I buy branded medicines unless the pharmacist confirms the generic is fine35 votes (4%)
I tend to buy branded medicines Ė as I feel safer/know they work53 votes (6%)
Iím a woman aged under 30 (1478 votes)
I buy the cheapest I can find regardless of brand (so usually generic/own brands)1024 votes (69%)
I try to buy cheap unless Iím not sure, when I go for the name I know311 votes (21%)
I tend to buy cheap for me, but branded medicines for my kids56 votes (4%)
I buy branded medicines unless the pharmacist confirms the generic is fine35 votes (2%)
I tend to buy branded medicines Ė as I feel safer/know they work52 votes (4%)
I'm a man aged 30 to 49 (2952 votes)
I buy the cheapest I can find regardless of brand (so usually generic/own brands)2132 votes (72%)
I try to buy cheap unless Iím not sure, when I go for the name I know475 votes (16%)
I tend to buy cheap for me, but branded medicines for my kids166 votes (6%)
I buy branded medicines unless the pharmacist confirms the generic is fine73 votes (2%)
I tend to buy branded medicines Ė as I feel safer/know they work106 votes (4%)
Iím a woman aged 30 to 49 (5772 votes)
I buy the cheapest I can find regardless of brand (so usually generic/own brands)4030 votes (70%)
I try to buy cheap unless Iím not sure, when I go for the name I know953 votes (17%)
I tend to buy cheap for me, but branded medicines for my kids500 votes (9%)
I buy branded medicines unless the pharmacist confirms the generic is fine118 votes (2%)
I tend to buy branded medicines Ė as I feel safer/know they work171 votes (3%)
I'm a man aged 50+ (2366 votes)
I buy the cheapest I can find regardless of brand (so usually generic/own brands)1877 votes (79%)
I try to buy cheap unless Iím not sure, when I go for the name I know312 votes (13%)
I tend to buy cheap for me, but branded medicines for my kids26 votes (1%)
I buy branded medicines unless the pharmacist confirms the generic is fine74 votes (3%)
I tend to buy branded medicines Ė as I feel safer/know they work77 votes (3%)
Iím a woman aged 50+ (5756 votes)
I buy the cheapest I can find regardless of brand (so usually generic/own brands)4366 votes (76%)
I try to buy cheap unless Iím not sure, when I go for the name I know994 votes (17%)
I tend to buy cheap for me, but branded medicines for my kids62 votes (1%)
I buy branded medicines unless the pharmacist confirms the generic is fine180 votes (3%)
I tend to buy branded medicines Ė as I feel safer/know they work154 votes (3%)

                   19,268 votes received.

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