Generic Lamictal

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Submitted by Generic Lamictal on August 10, 2008 - 4:05am. Generic Lamictal Generic Lamictal is used in combination with other anti-seizure drugs in the treatment of seizures.

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Aug 29, 2008
 
I have begun the TEVA lamotrigine this week after almost two years of lamictal for bipolar disorder. I have a rash (thankfully isn't itching) over most of my body, fever, and body aches similar to the flu. It's a holiday weekend, so I'm not getting any answers from my prescription company or TEVA.
KelliP

Sequim, WA

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#22
Aug 29, 2008
 
PAT___! Maybe you should go to the ER or call a dr. We were always told the a rash with this drug is bad!!!
Shane

Bellingham, WA

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#23
Aug 30, 2008
 
Lamotrigine vs Lamictal: Day one
Feel nauseous, dizzy and tired...symptoms not unlike the withdrawl I've experienced when switching from one anti-depressant to another.
I'm hopeful the symptoms are related only to
transition and will disappear in a few days. I'm fortunate to have insurance so will gladly pay the increased co-pay for lamictal should the lamotrigine prove inviable for me.
Shane

Bellingham, WA

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#24
Aug 30, 2008
 
Go to the ER NOW!!!!
The rash may be nothing but a reaction to the change in chemistry; however, as the last person remarked '...we've all heard/read a rash is not a good sign.
pat wrote:
I have begun the TEVA lamotrigine this week after almost two years of lamictal for bipolar disorder. I have a rash (thankfully isn't itching) over most of my body, fever, and body aches similar to the flu. It's a holiday weekend, so I'm not getting any answers from my prescription company or TEVA.
Kii

Charlotte, NC

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#25
Aug 31, 2008
 
I had been taking Lamictal for 4 years and switched to generic a few days ago. I took my first dose at night and had a really hard time waking up the next day. I was confused and had a hard time thinking all morning. After taking the generic for 3 days, I ended up having a seizure (my first in 4 years!) which was so bad I had Todd's paralysis for several hours. My insurance company told me they would not pay for the brand anymore and that I would have to try the generic. Well, I tried and hopefully they will feel that this is a good enough reason for me to switch back to the brand.
Amy

Ashtabula, OH

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#26
Aug 31, 2008
 
I also wanted to add that I take 200 mg a day for bipolar. I was on the brand name for about 3 years and doing great. I just switched to the generic 5 days ago. I was okay till yesterday (my fourth day). I started getting spacy and just not feeing right. This morning I woke up and I was so mean and irritable. I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin. My appetite is crazy, my mood, I am dizzy and now I can tell that soon I will be slipping into depression again. I am calling my doc Tuesday to have this taken care of. I just had a feeling this would happen. I do not care if it costs me 200 hundred dollars. I am going back to the brand name. My life is way more important than saving some money. Could luck to all of you!!!
Terri

Camano Island, WA

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#28
Sep 4, 2008
 
WOW! I am SO glad that I found this site! I switched from Lamictal to the generic about 3 weeks ago. I have also had weird lower back pain that radiates to my lower abdomen. I've also been having serious mood swings (like the kind I experienced before taking Lamictal 3 years ago). I've been really sluggish and tired too. I thought that maybe it was in my head, but now I know for sure that I will ask for only name brand Lamictal. Pharmacists can tell you all they want that the generic version is the same, but doctors know best. They would not consistently demand name brand medications over generic for their patients if there wasn't a difference.

Be sure to check with your insurance company. If you are on a plan that requires you to pay the difference between the brand name and generic when there is a generic available, some plans will allow you to have the difference in cost waived (through your insurance company appeals process) if your doctor submits documentation of medical necessity, stating you are unable to take the generic form due to adverse side effects or ineffectiveness. This information is not something that the insurance company will readily offer, but if you ask about it - they will lead you in the right direction if there is an exception to be made. I work for an insurance company that provides those exceptions. So, I hope that helps with the money factor. Really, it's not our fault if our bodies reject the non-identical generic forms. Take care & thanks to all of you for your helpful input!
Steve

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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#29
Sep 5, 2008
 
My daughter has been on Lamictal for 2.5 years for seizure control (175mg BID). On refill this month we received the generic. Suddenly her cognitive and motor abilities have drastically decreased and she is very spacey. Unable to walk, dizzy, and very mentally "thick." I was concerned that she was having a very bad neurological problem until I found this forum. Now to work with the doctor to get the original drug!
Terry

Philadelphia, PA

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Sep 5, 2008
 

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I live in NJ and have been taking 500 MG for 5 years. I have NJ PAAD (state + Medicare) and they forced me 10 days ago to switch (for a total savings of %20, LOL Generic is $400, name $550)
After 4 days I finished crashing to an earth shattering depression that would have me in the hospital if I had not known how to deal through years of experience. I have gone to CVS and complained, PAAD+Medicare will NOT pay brand. I went back, complained of an ALLERGIC reaction to the generic and they cannot fight that (so far)
A really competent CVS pharmacist is necessary ...
What dogs and birds did they "test" this placebo on any way? There is a reason the brand name of every drug still sells when generic is available, because they don't really get made the same way and still hide some "non chemical" trade secrets ingredients when giving the "formula"
WE DESERVE TO NOT SUFFER DUE TO GREED!
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Orange Park, FL

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Sep 8, 2008
 

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I'm currently on 700mg/day of Lamictal, and seizure free for 8years. I'm having the same issue with the insurance company (Medco)forcing me to buy generic; In order to buy the name brand it now costs me almost double of what I was paying before, and we all know that Lamictal is not a cheap drug. Also the nerve of a pharmacist to just fill a script with a generic instead of the name brand, without telling you, is completely ludicrous - who made them the doctor?; when that script came across from your doctor it said either Lamictal or Lamotrigine not "take your pick." I've filed an appeal with Medco to have them reverse the price change. They required an accompanied doctors note with the appeal that my nueroligist more than happily provided. For those of us who have to drive, have jobs, families etc. taking a risk is not really an option, and for those of you that don't, a bad decision by the FDA to approve a "generic" that is not equivelent to the brand name is not an acceptable reason to mess up your life and happiness either.
Kay

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I stopped taking Lamictal when my insurance changed in Jan. 2008 and the co-pay would be $100.00 instead of $30.00. My regular doctor put me on Lexapro without a mood stabilizer thinking it would help me just as well. After months of not taking a mood stabilizer, I realized that I needed to go back on Lamictal.. not matter the cost. I was sent to a psychiatrist and she prescribed the generic form. I have been on the generic for 2 weeks now and have had crippling dizziness!!! After reading this forum, I am definately convinced that the generic form isn't as good as the brand name.... at least not for me. Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences.
Tara

Sylvania, OH

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#33
Sep 8, 2008
 
I'm glad I found this site this evening! Thanks to all of you that have shared your experiences! I've been taking generic Lamictal for 3 weeks after taking the real thing for 2 years. I have been having terrible hot flashes! I've never had them before so I'm attributing them to the change in the meds. Has anyone experienced this? Also, I'm more tired but can't sleep once I get to bed. I have that feeling that my skin is crawling.
Tara

Sylvania, OH

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#34
Sep 8, 2008
 
addition to the last post...I take lamictal for bi-polar with prozac which has been a great combination for over a year.
John

United States

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#35
Sep 9, 2008
 
My wife's pharmacist sprung the generic on her a couple of weeks ago, and since then she's been acting like an Alzheimer's patient, with no memory, and having trouble doing all but the simplest things. This is just like the trouble she had four years ago, when the doctor discontinued the dilantin she'd been taking and the lamictal level in her blood rose to toxic levels. It's scary. We're going to tell her doctor, maybe he'll be able to spread the alarm.
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#36
Sep 9, 2008
 
Just an update on my husband. I guess he is one of the lucky ones...so far. He is on his second refill of generic(he takes 400 mg 2x day) and has had no problems. The tiredness he felt early on was attributed to a stressful week with a state survey at the nursing home he works at and finals in his college math class which happened to coincide with the switch. We have talked to the pharmacist and are assured that if there is any problems we can have the brand name back although for a higher copay. ($15 for generic, was $40 BEFORE generic was available, will be $60 if we choose to go back)It is a small price to pay if it were not controlling his seizures but so far so good.
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#37
Sep 11, 2008
 
I've been taking Lamictal for about 7 years for bipolar II.

Just over two weeks ago I started the generic. I've been on a continuous low, with all its symptoms, ever since.

It could be a coincidence. I didn't think twice about it being generic, so I didn't think much about it. But the timing is perfect.
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Sep 11, 2008
 

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I was recently diagnosed with bipolar - don't know which type. My psychiatrist started me on the lamictal starter pack, then switched me to the generic after the starter pack was gone. It has been 6 weeks now, taking 300mg (up from the 200mg that my Doc prescribed) and I have not felt any improvements in my symtoms whatsoever, and to the contrary, I feel moodier than ever - really depressed.

It does'nt help that I suck at my sales job, and feel pretty hopeless about finding a job that uses my strengths. But that has been the case for a year now, and this down mood is really hitting me harder than ever, and I am wanting to just sleep a lot.

Crap, I don't know what to do - the people who have had success with Lamictal sing it's praises, and I don't want to give up on that possibility. I'm wondering if I'm just resistant to the drug (that would suck) or if the generic version is screwing me up?

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Sep 13, 2008
 

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Diagnosed with Depression I started generic lamictal Aug. 12th. Ferocious headaches for four days. Two weeks into the generic I started getting suspicious that I was not doing as well as I had been for last several years. Four weeks into generic, I hit depressive mode. I wake crying and shaking very hard. Life isn't worth living. By 5 pm, I feel OK.

Changed to Brand Lamictal 7 days ago and am stating to feel better, but am suffering the side effects of "starting" lamictal all over again.

Let's all keep posting.
Ron

Glendale, AZ

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Sep 14, 2008
 
KarenB wrote:
Have been on Lamictal for 2 years at the same dosage. I have no problems to report.
However, I just started the generic Lamotrigine at the same dosage three day ago and had definite spaciness on my drive to work this a.m. including a dangerous turn into the wrong way of a road that I travel everyday. These are the same symtoms experienced when in gradually starting Lamictal I reached too high a dosage.
Lamotrigine was taken at the same time, at the same dosage after breakfast, exactly the same routine as with Lamictal.
If there is a difference in potency or effect when starting Lamotrigine, this must be reported.
Patients experiencing these same effects may be placing themselves at an increased risk when driving or operating machinery.
-Karen
I've been on 200 mg for a number of years now. I have just returned from living in Mexico where I was taking the same dosage of the generic will no adverse side effects. It works wonders for me and my wallet. Yet, it is true we all have different bio-chemistries and metabolic rates, etc.
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Sep 14, 2008
 

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I've been on 200 mg for a number of years now. I have just returned from living in Mexico where I was taking the same dosage of the generic with no adverse side effects. It works wonders for me and my wallet (Lamictal was prohibitively expensive in Mexico).

Yet, it is true we all have different bio-chemistries and metabolic rates, etc. Think each individual should consult with their physician or mental health professional when they experience adverse effects, but I wouldn't package deal and say that the generic is inferior and/or dangerous for everyone.

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