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Re: Anyone having trouble with new generic Lamictal? emme

Posted by yxibow on April 28, 2009, at 2:10:54

In reply to Anyone having trouble with new generic Lamictal?, posted by emme on April 27, 2009, at 20:46:16

> Hi All,
> Looks like Teva's got competition from a brand called Dr. Reddy. My new lamotrigine tablets are round. I didn't think too much of it at first, but I feel crummy since starting the new bottle and I can't help but wonder....
> emme

Dr. Reddy's is a large lab in India, they also make local medictions in India I believe.

Teva (Israel) I think had what it frequently markets for, a 180 day exclusive on it, so now its open to about 14 other companies, not to mention several for the chewables, according to the Orange Book.

So far I have gotten the Teva diamond shaped tablets I believe (100mg).

It is possible that there is a slight variation in strength (and I'm sure there will be lots of arguments about generics and the like....) but its also equally possible and I'm not trying to say this in jest, but that there is some suggestibility and placebo effect in knowing something is or could be different.

The phrase causality is not always causation.

On the other hand I do also sometimes believe things like that about generics and sometimes (not always) its possible to request the same generic company from the pharmacy. They may have to special order it and it may take time. Its usually regulated by the pharmacy by market rates though.

One thing to do is to get your medication as soon as the insurance allows (which can be as little as 25 days or so depending on how much they can be pushed) and mix and match until you are on the new generic if they can't get the older one.

-- tidings

-- Jay




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