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    Old 04-13-2007, 08:07 AM   #1
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    Generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) experience

    I just wanted to let anyone here on Lamictal Know my experience with the generic equivalent. I bought some from one of the online pharmacies from Canada. I took it for 2 weeks and noticed that I was becoming agitated and hypo manic. I went on vacation last weekend and took my name brand Lamictal with me instead of the generic. I could immediately tell a huge difference! I don't know why, but the generic just didn't cut it. I thought that if it had the same active ingredient that it was basically the same, but something is different, because I could tell a huge difference. Just thought some here would like to know. Any comments about why it didn't work and if anyone has had the same experience please post them. Tom

     
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    Old 04-13-2007, 10:19 AM   #2
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    Re: Generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) experience

    i havent had any problems with my lamotrigine before but have noticed differences in other tablets like ibruprofen and prozac

     
    Old 04-17-2007, 09:05 AM   #3
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    Re: Generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) experience

    I am pretty sure the generic is not sold in the US, I think for good reason.

     
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    Re: Generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) experience

    I had read about how people would have similar results taking generic forms of psychotropic meds. They somehow are not as effective or the chemical differentiation will have an adverse or lesser effect on somebody who had been started on the Brand Name drug. In that same article it was recommended that you have your doctor check off the box "DAW" (dispense as written). Of course with some perscription companies you will have to incur the difference in cost or they will not cover the med at all.

    Hope this helps ~ Goody

     
    Old 04-17-2007, 09:31 AM   #5
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    Quote:
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    I am pretty sure the generic is not sold in the US, I think for good reason.
    The generic is sold in the US, just not in high enough milligrams.
    My pharmacy only sells it in 25 mg and nothing else. Another reason some generic equivalents aren't sold in the US is because of the power of money from the pharmaceuticals lobbyist. Tom

     
    Old 04-19-2007, 06:18 PM   #6
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    Re: Generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) experience

    I have had trouble with generic Prozac... but I've read now that when you take a generic you need a higher dose to get the benefits. Don't know if this helps or if your insurance will even cover the brand name if there is a generic available- didn't think generic Lamictal was even on the market here?
    Thanks for the info- more to add to my "info folder."

     
    Old 04-19-2007, 06:19 PM   #7
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    Re: Generic Lamictal (lamotrigine) experience

    ps
    If the generics are found not to work, why the h--- do the insurance companies pay for money down the toilet anyway?

     
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