After my first ever seizure my daughter picked up prescription but got generic.
Should I ask for the regular Keppra?
19 Mar 2011
By law the generics are suppose to be the same active ingredient as the brand. That being said, some people believe some medications are different between the generic and the brand. Best to discuss with the doctor. If using insurance, they may dictate which you get, they will always go for the cheaper generic.
In the meantime, take the generic Keppra as you can not just stop taking this medication.
21 Mar 2011
All generic medications must undergo certain tests by the FDA to compare them to brand-name medications.
All of the current generic Keppra versions have been assigned as "AB" rating.
An "AB" rating means that the generic keppra versions are equivalent to the brand Keppra.
However, the generic versions may have different tablet binders, fillers etc which can lead to problems in sensitive patients.
20 Mar 2011
Generic and trade brand pills have the same amount of the drug but are held together with different binders. Sometimes people react differently to these different binders and may take a while to adjust to the generic but the actual drug amount is the same. Pharmacies shop around for different generics so if using a generic see that your druggest uses the same company to avoid more variences. Insurance plans often will only pay the generic price but you can request the trade brand if you are willing to pay the difference. If your doctor requests trade brand only you may be able to get your insurance plan to pay for it with a special application.
- Keppra Information for Consumers
- Keppra Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Keppra (detailed)
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