What Is The Best Generic Of Lamictal
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KD Says:


I've been taking the generic for Lamictal for about five years. Recently I've been feeling different at about the beginning of the year. I use to take the white ones but now I am taking a generic by Taro. What is the best generic for this drug? I never really payed any attention until I started getting this crazy migraines. If anyone has any insights it would be much appreciated.


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Sherri Says:
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I was wondering how Taro worked out for you.
I also was wondering if anyone had tried Mylan manufacture.
I am to start it soon being that TEVA is no longer available & that Amebia aka Northstar manufacture was 100% horrible and made my seizures return and had horrible side effects.
Has anyone ever taken Mylan manufacturer?
I'm on 200 mg 3 times a day along with Keppra 500 mg 3 times a day to control nocturnal tonic clonic seizures

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Irma Says:
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Raechel (# 149) --

Raechel thank you so much. I'll try Taro since there is quite few bad reviews about Unichem

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Raechel Says:

Raechel (# 149) --

Just to clarify... Taro is the brand of generic lamotrigine I’m using istead of Teva. Sorry if that was unclear.

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Raechel Says:

Irma (# 148) --

Hi Irma, I wrote a post a few weeks ago. I’ve been using Taro for a month now. I’ve been extremely pleased. Almost no difference. It has not impacted my daily life at all. There is a very slight difference in potency, but it’s very small - think about 25 mg on my 400 mg. So small that I have not adjusted my dosage.

My local Walgreens happily orders Taro for me with 2 days notice. I know several others who are doing the same thing and having the same luck with Taro.

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Irma Says:
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Cassie (# 18) --

Hi there. Have you tried other manufacturer yet? I'm running out of Teva and very sceptical about switching. Teva lamotrogine is discontinued

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Sherri Says:
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Lisa (# 51) --

Alembic is the worst. I took it for 4 days and have severe breakthrough seizures not to mention side effects itching and dizzy could even stand was taken to ER room twice once by ambulance. I have been going round and rough to special order TEVA. I just checked their website and TEVA no longer manufacture lamotrigine. I have looked at all reviews and decided to go with Mylan generic. I am scared to death to try it. I have a few bottles of TEVA laying around but my Dr. Wants to see me in a few weeks to see how the Mylan product works so I guess I have to take it.
I would not recommend the white pill 200mg ALEMBIC manufacture to anyone at all. I did research and it has additives that make it less effective. After a few days on it not only breakthrough seizures but look up cluster seizure..where they happen for a long period of time. I was at my sister's and had at least 7 seizures lasting from 1am to sunrise with some semi alertness in between and screamed so loud though them all. I normally have nocturnal tonic clonic seizures..i can say being semi conscious on the brand they gave me was the scariest experience I have ever had in my life. If anyone else had had reactions to this brand let me know. If anyone is on Mylan brand please let me know how well you did on it
thanks in advance.

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Raechel Says:

Paul Saslo (# 144) --

Hi everyone!! I know there has been quite a bit of discussion about an acceptable replacement generic brand for Teva - I just wanted to say that I switched to Taro a week ago. I've been very pleased and relieved.

Disclaimer: I take it for BiPolar Disorder. I've been charting my moods with 2 different mood apps (several times throughout the day) and had multiple people offer their insight into my moods (on a daily basis) as compared to where I was with Teva.

I have experienced no side effects that I can attribute to Taro.

I will say that my moods have been a tick on the upside - meaning a bit more energy and a bit less anxiety. So, I'm not sure if that means there's a bit less efficacy or a bit more, but regardless, I'd say that on my 400 mg dose, it's probably not more than a 25mg difference and - quite frankly - probably only noticeable because of how hyper-vigilant I've been about mood tracking and getting feedback.

So, there's hope for those who have anxiety about the Teva discontinuation!!

Also, Walgreens was willing to order Taro for me, even though they only carried Unichem around here. While one Walgreens said they wouldn't order it, two other Walgreens said they would, so just know that's probably an option for you.

Hope this is helpful for even a few people. Thanks to those who went before me on this, as well. I've appreciated your insight and feedback. I would not have known to order Taro if you had not shared your experiences. :-)

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Laura Says:

Ashlie (# 143) --

Ashlie - thanks for this. I think you are exactly right. I halved my dose and a couple days later, started to feel more normal. I never could tolerate going over 100mg (unlike most) , not even a little. I do notice I still have a couple symptoms, so I'm undermedicated, but at least I'm not miserable like before. Just waiting for this month to finish up so I can go to a different pharmacy and try the Taro brand.

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Paul Saslo Says:

How is Taro working for everyone? Are there any additional side effects? Have you had to change the dose at all?

Thanks!!

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Ashlie Says:
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Laura (# 138) --

I actually upped my dose on Unichem thinking it wasn’t quite strong enough and turns out it was the opposite! I’m on 50mg/day versus 100 and it’s much better but still not as reliable as Teva. Something still just feels off. I too am going to try and get Taro through my Walgreens! Good luck and sorry you’re going through hell right now. You’ve made it through before you can do it again:)

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Connie Says:

Laura (# 138) --

That sounds like withdrawal symptoms to me. Sometimes Dr's increase the dose of different generics of lamictal since some generics can be up to 20% weaker than (I think that’s right) brand, so 20% weaker than original. I talked to the fda about this and they actually told me, generic drug manufacturers evaluate their own products and then they report the finished product to the fda! So who knows what we’re really getting.

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Raechel Says:
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Laura (# 140) --

Teva has officially discontinued lamotirigine. They issued a formal statement. I saw it somewhere. It’s such a bummer. From what I’ve read, Taro and Cadista seem to be having the best results, if you’re looking for replacements.

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Laura Says:
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From Teva today:
Thank you for contacting Teva Pharmaceuticals Customer Service. Teva Lamotrigine 100mg Tablets are temporarily unavailable at this time with no release date. We apologize for the inconveniences you have experienced with the availability of this product. Please contact your pharmacist or physician’s office for an alternative product. I hope this information has been helpful in addressing your concerns. Thank you for contacting us and enjoy the day.

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Hope Says:

Laura (# 138) --

Walgreens can get Taro, but may have to order it in for you - just ask them if they can get it in your area.

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Laura Says:

Walgreens switched me to UNICHEM and it is TERRIBLE. ALL of my symptoms are back. Additionally, I'm so fatigued I can hardly stay awake sometimes. It is by far the worst generic version of lamotrigine I have ever taken. I've been on lamotrigine for a decade, so I've had quite a few. I do remember having Zydus, Northstar, Aurobindo and others. Those also felt inferior to Teva, but nothing like what I'm going through with the Unichem version. From reading through this, it sounds like Taro might be okay, so I'm going to call around and see who has it.

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Ashlie Says:
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Thanks for the input everyone! I’m strongly considering switching to Taro as well. After being on Unichem for over a month I’m starting to see previous mood swings and slight mania I didn’t have while on the Teva Lamotrigine but did on Paxil and especially Wellbutrin and I really don’t want to go back there. I need to schedule an appointment with my psych first so I’ll see what she thinks we can do. Good luck to you all. Also I’m on Lamotrigine as a mood stabilizer for bipolar II not for seizures so I’m not sure how each generic varies for those I’m sorry!

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Fonzi Says:

Is anyone having good results in shifting from teva to unichem lamotrigene for seizure control?

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PeterWashington Says:

Dwight s (# 134) --

Anyone can use the Costco pharmacy - you don't need to be a member (just tell the door person). I believe this is by law.

Taro is working fine for me too btw.

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Dwight s Says:
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Ashlie (# 128) --

I do not believe there was any sort of merger or acquisition. The only commonality I am aware of is that both companies are based in Israel. I will say the Taro tablets resemble the Teva ones in everything but shape.

My dosage is the same and it is every bit as good as the Teva for me. It is only $16 for 30 200mg tablets at Costco. I would buy a Costco membership just for the Taro. I was within 2 days of buying the name brand for $560.

No tapering. I picked up the Taro and tossed the Unichem.

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PeterWashington Says:

Linz (# 132) --

I too am doing pretty well w Taro. I'll report if I have issues down the road.

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