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Re: Which generic version? SLS

Posted by PCB on August 22, 2019, at 20:07:27

In reply to Which generic version of lamotrigine works best?, posted by SLS on August 20, 2019, at 10:38:33

Hey SLS,

I found that I only responded to TEVA generic lamotrigine or GSK brand lamictal for many years. When TEVA discontinued its product; I ask multiple pharmacists, call the company, talked with my doc without any answer to my problem. So I had to figure it out for myself or I was back to full depression.

First, I went on this webpage and counted the most popular generic lamictals aside from TEVA (https://www.drugs.com/answers/brand-lamotrigine-side-affects-teva-worked-best-3442522.html).

Second, I decided to look up all the ingredients in all the generic lamictals. I rated which generic lamictal had ingredients similar to TEVA generic or the brand GSK lamictal. Here is a list of the generic companies making lamictal (https://www.drugs.com/availability/generic-lamictal.html).

Then I would google lamotrigine ingredients and the name of the company. Most were listing on Daily Med (https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/index.cfm). Here is the link to Cipla's Lamotrigine Ingredients (https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=ecfa700a-117e-44fc-90c9-bd96b46763cd). Scroll down to Ingredients and Appearance. It lists Lactose Monohyrate Sodium Starch Glycolate Type A Potato, Povidone K30, Magnesium Sterate, Ferric Oxide Red, Ferric Oxide Yellow, Ferrosoferric Oxide, Silicon Dioxide.

So I ended up looking up all the generic ingredients and comparing them to TEVA and GSK ingredients. I also remembered not responding to Taro and Zydus. So I stayed away from generics with ingredients found in Taro and Zydus generics. I think Cipla was apretty close match.

Funny, after all that, it turned out that after my lifestyle changes I made 2 years ago, I ended up tolerating all generic brands over the past 6 months. I thing my excessive coffee, lack of sleep and lack of fish kept me from toleranting other brands.

Sorry this is so long. I hope any of this helps. I know how scared I was. This was my crazy way of trying to find out an alternative to TEVA. Hope you find your alternative soon. Your deserve it!

PCB


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