Teva worked the best but not being produced. Many brands of the generic made me dizzy and nauseous until I found the company Teva. Bad news, Teva stopped making the tablet and only makes the generic extended release and my insurance company doesn't cover it. They want $700 for a month supply. The tablets cost less than $10 for the same time period. Question: does anyone else have this issue. What brands work for you. My pharmacy's carry the brands taro, Unichem and Alembic. What are your experiences
I'm in the same boat. Have been on 400mg a day of the TEVA lamotrigine. I just tried Taro and I don't think it's going to work. I have the feeling I would get in my body when I forgot to take my medicine. Like it's not enough. I've run out of TEVA while out of town before and got Unichem to hold me over for a few days. I did not have the same experience as I did with the Taro. I'm going to give this a week and if this feeling doesn't go away, I'm going to try the Unichem again.
I am in the same boat. I take this for Bipolar OCD, borderline personality disorder etc.My pharmacy has had more and more trouble getting the Teva Brand so I finally called Teva directly. They say they are only making the 25Mg and 300 extended release. I take 350 MG a day and would have to take 14 pills for the 25 MG. I asked if the Ext release was the same exact ingredients as the regular one and they said no there are differences. This sucks. I tried the Zydus brand when Kroger switched. I literally went psychotic and took months to recover after I switched back to the Teva brand. I am scared and don't know what to do. Searching for an equivalent to Teva brand. I have never been on the Lamictal name brand so not sure what that would do to me. If I absolutely have to I will take the 14 pills a day and deal with it.
Any help or insight as you guys work thru this would be great. Keep this website updated and post when you find something out please...
My deal for name brand fell apart. My insurance company approved me to substitute for generic but are not giving me generic prices. CVS charges $1000 for a month supply. I take 400 mg per day. My insurance company said they would pay 1/2. So $500 per month for me. My budget can’t handle that unless my wife stops eating.
The closest to Teva which doesn’t give me side effects is Unichem. The only problem which is It doesn’t seem to be strong enough. I’m having anxiety before I get out of bed in the morning and really no drive to work. I irritated easily. I’m aware of it and try and control not to be nasty. My wife sees the difference in my personality and is understanding. So far. I have an appointment to see a sharing which hasn’t be necessary for 8 years to ask if there is anything new on the market or an add on to what I’m taking. My generic cost me under $10 a month and the name brand $1000. For the same time period Who could give me an explanation.
I’ve been taking teva for years with total control. About 10 years ago I was given another generic brand with Disastrous affect. My pharmacy has Torrent & Taro. Like all of you I’m really worried/scared. I just got a job after being off 4 months. I’m a caregiver. I can’t be having “problems”, as though who can.
This happened to me with TEVA brand klonopin. No others work! Actavis especially was horrible. Why is TEVA doing this?!
I would call and complain at the very least. They give us a drug that works then suddenly rip it away and ruin our lives! Its not fair and not right!
I was diagnosed with temporal lobe syndrome over 15 years ago. I’ve been taking 300mg of Teva lamotrigine for what seems like forever. I never realized that different manufacturers had different fillers for generics until my pharmacologist told me. Occasionally, I’d be given a different manufacturer and start feeling bad. But when I was able to get the Teva again I felt normal. I was very disappointed to hear that Teva no longer makes lamotrigine... or at least the 150mg pills I was taking. I contacted them directly and all they said was that they don’t make it anymore. After doing some research I decided to take a shot with Unichem. For the first week or so I felt very sluggish and almost sedated. That went away, though. I’ve been on it for about a month and I’m sure my brain and body is still getting used to it. I’m also going through a lot of stress right now so I’m sure that’s not helping the transition either, lol.
I’m hoping Teva decides to manufacture lamotrigine once again but if not, Unichem seems to be working ok for me.
I am also in the same boat as everyone else on here. I’ve been on 350mg of Teva lamotrigine daily for bipolar disorder for years. I have had very bad side effects with Taro and Northstar. After finding this board I decided to try Unichem. I’ve been on it for 10 days now with no side effects and I feel the same (maybe even a little better) as when I was taking the Teva. If I do start having issues the next manufacturer I will try is Mylan (per my pharmacists recommendation). Until then fingers crossed!
So, I’ve been on Lamotrigine (Teva) 400mg daily for about two years for Bipolar disorder. I swear it saved my life and it worked amazing for me. When I found out that Teva no longer manufactured Lamotrigine I was so upset. I tried to avoid switching by calling every pharmacy that had it in stock. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case and was forced to switch to Lamotrigine-Unichem. I was terrified about switching and heard that Unichem was a similar generic to Teva. However, since switching I have been a total wreck. It started with headaches and additional memory loss. I thought I could survive but then I started to become extremely manic and have uncontrollable mood swings. I’m super lovey & sweet one minute and then I just snap the next. I always find myself sleepy during the day and having horrible insomnia at night. This is completely out of character for me and I feel like I’m dying.
It’s at the point that I want to just go off my medication but I know that’s not and option. I’ve been on it for about 2 weeks, so I’m fighting hard to get through this because I’m hoping it will all get better with time. Btw I’m also on Wellbutrin 150mg and I have no health care. I know it’s a lot of personal information but I just wanted to see if anyone could relate. Also, has anyone else experienced Manic episodes or insomnia when switching to Unichem?
I'm sorry to hear you're struggling. I don't have an answer for you, unfortunately... however I'm very much in the same boat. I had been taking Teva for over 10 years. Then three months ago, I got home from the pharmacy only to discover my peach diamond shaped pills were now round and white. I called to make sure they had sent me home with the right drug. They explained that Teva stopped making it and they had to switch me to a different brand (you would think they'd warn you in advance).
First they put me on Zydus. Right away I started feeling awful -- nauseous, dizzy, panicky, crying spells, feeling like I was nodding off sporadically throughout the day. I felt like I was losing my mind or on the verge of having a seizure. I called my Nurse Practitioner in tears and she assured me the active ingredient is the same and that if I gave it a few more days I'd probably get used to it. After a bunch of searching online it seemed like I wasn't alone. I even found an article in the New York Times that describes how generics have caused adverse effects in others, despite pharmacists claims that there's no substantial evidence to back that up.
I requested a new brand -- they gave me the kind by Unichem... It's been the same experience, except now I'm having trouble speaking clearly. My speech is slurred, I stutter, and I constantly lose my train of thought. It's really embarrassing, especially at work. I'm afraid of trying another generic, but I know how ridiculously expensive brand is and that my insurance probably won't cover it.
If I skip a dose, I feel a huge difference (which I've done just to get me through the work day)... but I also put myself at greater risk of having a seizure. I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place.
I know that many people have had good results from Teva generic. But I think it's important to tell the other side of the story. I was switched to Teva from brand a few years ago and had the worst possible nightmare experience you could ever imagine. I had breakthrough seizures, screaming fits, black depression, crippling anxiety, you name it, I had it. I was able to switch back to brand and all the problems stopped immediately. The only 2 generics that have ever worked for me are Taro (which is impossible to find in my area now) and Actavis (easy to find... ) I literally am thanking God that Teva was discontinued because I was so afraid of ever getting stuck with it again. The point of all this is that there is no way to predict who will do well with which version of this drug. The differences between supposedly "equivalent" generics can be staggering. It is impossible to guess from the experiences of others which will work for you. So if one doesn't work, keep trying!!
I have had good results mood-wise for BPI and PTSD with Lamotrigine from Unichem. It relaxes and slightly lifts my mood because my mood states are never euphoric, always mixed features and anxiety.
With this unichem concentration I do have a lot of dryness and acne along my jaw, reflux/constipation, nails peel, and my hair is falling out/hairline receding... Want to increase my dose but afraid to have these side effects get worse. Anyone else get these?
I am trying TARO and I can’t tell if it’s the formulation or stress because it isn’t as effective as Unichem was mood-wise.
I need a different formulation to stabilize me without these side effects. Lithium was so bad I had uncontrollable twitching, wet the bed, and couldn’t open my eyes from dehydration at 300mg... other anticonvulsants like carbamazepine and valproate posed reproductive/PCOS risk for me as a woman... antipsychotics for acute episodes gave me severe insomnia, lactation, no menses, decreased libido, and involuntary movements.
I have been taking 200mg TEVA 2xday for over 5 years... no problems. The pharmacist informed me it was no longer manufactured and replaced it with Unichem. On the first dosage I had a severe reaction and I could not focus and had difficulty standing and walking. My original Rx had been written by my neurologist to supply the same manufacturer for all refills. My doctor called and pharmacist found 2 months supply. Now it is no longer available. Of I have to decide what to take and I am very nervous about it. I would love to know what others do.
I had been taking Teva as well, 200mg 2x per day. I was able to switch to the name brand for $35/mo when Teva stopped manufacturing the 200 mg. My employer changed insurance providers and it jumped to $50/mo. I found I can get it at CVS at $125/3 mos. I’m trying Unichem for the first time and after a week I have tingling all over, I’m lightheaded, anxious, and I feel weakness in my arms and legs. Has anyone else had these reactions? If so, do they go away after a period of time?
I was really excited at first because I didn’t have any side effects, but now I am feeling I may have to go back to the brand name and even at $125/3 months it’s not in my budget.
The only other generic I can remember taking is Zydus. With that I had uncontrollable itching and anxiety so I was also taking Xanax almost daily. While on Teva I didn’t have to take any Xanax. With Unichem I have had to start taking Xanax again.
Please let me know if anyone else has had the side effects of tingling, lightheadedness, anxiety, and weakness and if they went away after a time. Thanks.
After being on the medication for about 2 years, I stopped taking it (careless, I know) for about 4 months. When I restarted, I was experiencing a lot of blurred vision. About a month afterward, my pysch told me it could be the medication but thought it odd I didn't have that side effect before. Come to find out, the pharmacy (without permission or notification) changed my generic brand from TEVA to UNICHEM. I had been on TEVA brand for 2 years and only recently (unbeknownst to me) started UNICHEM. I switched meds and my vision returned to normal within 24-36 hours. Two weeks later, having forgotten to throw out the UNICHEM bottle, I took the meds again. For several hours at work, I was frustrated I couldn't see print or read well. Finally texted my husband and realized the mix up. He threw the UNICHEM pills in the trash (where they should have been already).
It is frustrating that you cannot rely on the same side effects from generic medications manufactured by different companies. I attempted to switch to name brand to avoid trouble with generics but my Rx company won't pay for it. #TheStruggleIsReal
I’m surprised that nobody here has mentioned Cadista? I’ve been taking it for several years and only once have been given another manufacturer and when I had a terrible reaction that month, that’s when I realized how much a difference it can make in manufacturers.
I get my scripts at CVS and sometimes they will go through a stretch where they will get the order right for several months, but then sometimes I have to stay in too and make sure they keep it in stock. I’ll call a few days before picking it up (if I remember, I have some old lower mg doses that I can multiply if I run out) to make sure they got it right. More often than not they have to order it.
For a while there, they told me they no longer stocked it and couldn’t get it!! However, I knew it was still made. It really depends on the pharmacist, but they finally started ordering it for me without giving me a problem each month. Heck, I fill like 9 scripts a month, with another 7 that aren’t maintenance meds but need filling often enough, I think they can do me the favor of ordering my dang Lamotrigine.
But look up Cadista by Jubilant and see what you find.
For reference, I am bipolar and very major depressive with major anxiety. They keep prescribing me the antipsychotics but I don’t take them because they knock me out. I always need something to wake me up because depression keeps me wanting to sleep all the time.
I take 400 mg of the Jubilant Cadista Lamotrigine. I’m also on 150 Wellbutrin, I had to jump back from 300 bc of my anxiety. I recently talked to my dr and he prescribed generic Cytomel (T3) for me. That helps my energy and depression like nothing ever has without triggering my mania, but I do have to keep a close eye on it. I’m hoping my dr isn’t quacky for writing this for me, because one of my friends seemed surprised, however, this is the best I’ve felt in a very long time.
I’m also on Lexapro 20 mg to mellow me and I take Topamax for migraines, neuropathy and more, but I’m told that it also mixes in the family of psychotropics somewhat.
To circle back to the start, before I began taking Lamotrigine, I could not even consider picking my head up off the pillow. It only took around a week for me to begin feeling the effects and it changed my life. And I began with Cadista. Now for some reason, I thought it was a different Cadista than Jubilant, but all I know is the one time they messed it up, I was terrible.
I hope this helps. Sorry I’m so wordy!
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