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
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All the other generics had horrible side effects for me. Loss of balance, blurred vision, no recall, clumsiness, loss of executive function, messed up sleep, you name it.
Since fall of '18 I have tried 4 different lamotrigine generics (Alembic, Unichem, NorthStar, Zydus), for 2 months each, all with a broad variety of horrible side effects the same as everyone else here has listed. I was unable to perform my job or have any quality of life. I kept detailed records of pills, doses, side effects throughout the several month ordeal and finally went to discuss with my neurologist. She said that with all the symptoms I described, it sounded to her like I was overmedicated. So upon my asking, she gave me permission to go from 150mg twice daily to spread out the dosing 3x day: 75mg am, 75mg afternoon, 125 mg at night. I HAVE MY LIFE BACK!. Side effects GONE.
So, in my case for whatever reason it seems all the other generics acted much more strongly in my system than did the TEVA, all of them causing the whole host of side effects that come from overmedication. If your neurologist would consider your list of symptoms and altering the dosing/timing, I would say it is completely worth a discussion!
I was taking Unichem for 6 years and felt great. My insurer changed the preferred to Taro and it felt like I had not taken my meds. I tried it for 2 months before I spoke with my Pharmacist. My pharmacist said he had the same feedback from other customers taking Taro. I petitioned my insurer, I'm taking Unichem again and feel good.
I've never had any side effects from any lamotrigine generic but for what it's worth I've been taking Northstar Rx LLC for a long time.
Hopefully you'll find a product whose fillers and binders don't affect you. They may vary slightly from different manufacturers but they are all inert ingredients.
Once you do find one ask your pharmacist to special order it for you. You may have to spend a few more pennies but it would be worth it.
First, I’m very grateful for everyone’s contributions to this thread of responses. I have bipolar disorder, and join my voice to all of you who mourn the loss of Teva. I just found the site this morning and was eager to see if there was a preponderance of responses for or against NorthStar or Zydus. I found only a couple of mentions of the former - not rave reviews - and almost 100% negative reports on Zydus. These are the only two brands I can find in my area. Walgreens carries Unicom, but the side effects were awful, so I’ve been using Zydus (it doesn’t even look like lamotrigine!). This has produced insomnia and I have a hard time getting going. I’m also more emotionally vulnerable than I had been on Teva. Has anyone else out there used the North Star?
Two different pharmacy gave me two different brands of lamotrigine: Cipla and Torrent Pharma. I’m taking 100 mg. So I was switching brands from time to time. Cipla brand worked great, but I noticed that when I was taking Torrent Pharma brand I was experiencing slight headache, anxiety, insomnia and slight lack of energy. Can’t find any information why it cause different reaction.
Unichem contains lactose and my wife claims she throws up weird white (stuff). So obviously that would make it not work as well or at all. The incidence of lactose intolerance in the chronically ill has increased far faster than we thought it could. They should really be held more accountable to the finer points of life.
Im taking 100 lamotrigine for non epileptic seizures. Every time they switch the company or I change to a different Walgreens, I Cant stop going to the bathroom. Chills sweats.
I had been taking the Jubilant Cadista lamotrigine for about 4 years without any problems. I went into my pharmacy, CVS, about a month ago to have a new prescription filled and was told that the Jubilant Cadista brand was on back order and wouldn't be available again for another 2 weeks. Well, the 2 weeks turned into a month and while I was waiting for it to become available again, I was given and was taking the lamotrigine from Taro. Yuck... I was able to tolerate it, barely, but didnt feel nearly as good as I was feeling when I was taking the generic I had been taking. And in addition, there was a filler in the Taro brand generic that I noticed wasnt in the other lamotrigine generics that's long term safety couldnt be guaranteed. Fortunately, the Cadista brand is not on back order anymore. I started taking it again today and feel much better.
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I have been on Lamotrigine for about a year now as prescribed by my psychiatrist from Oregon Health and Science University. He has seen thousands of patients and says every patient that has been prescribed meds from the manufacturer TARO has reported feeling either horrible side effects and worse depression/anxiety or no relief at all. I can speak to this as TWICE my pharmacy accidentally gave me Lamotrigine from TARO and both times I felt incredibly depressed and anxious. Now I make sure as hell they only give me these 3 manufacturers he highly recommends: Unichem, Accord, Bluepoint (Actavis only for Lorazepam). He trusts no other manufacturer for Depression/Anxiety medications and he is the top psychiatrist at the top hospital/clinic in Oregon so I HIGHLY recommend his advice. It is very scary hearing how poorly regulated medications are from these sketchy manufacturers.
Hope this is helpful for someone!
*pro tip: Rite Aid carries Unichem for Lexapro and Wallgreens carries Unichem for Lamotrigine
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