When I was first diagnosed with complex partial seizures (many years ago) my neurologist put me on Tegretol and said absolutely do not take generic. I've since switched to Lamictal (great stuff!) and my current neurologist said generics are fine, but you have to watch where it comes from. Depending on which medication you're on, there can be anywhere from 1 - 10 manufacturers of the generic form. The FDA says that by law, it has to be at least 85% as effective as name brand. The problem could be when you have it refilled, it could come from the ABC company and is 95% as effective as name brand. The next month, your pharmacy gets a better deal on the medication from the XYZ company, but their generic formula contains only 85% active ingredients. Obviously you'd have less of the medication in your system, so it could lead to seizures. There is only one manufacturer that makes the name brand form of the medications, so you're guaranteed to get a constant dose of the medication when you get name brand. If you want to switch to generic, just make sure it's coming from the same generic manufacturer every time you have it filled, and your levels shouldn't fluctuate.
Originally Posted by lamb
Hi, Some people do and some don't. Lamictal controlls my GMs & I switched to the generic form & it works too. But some ppl I know need to take the brand name or their szs start up.