I have a close friend who has been on Tegretol a long time for a seizure disorder. She has always taken the IR Brand Name Tegretol. While this drug is not perfect it has been the best for her. In the last 8 years one doc forced her to try Tegretol ER and she had more seizures. Another doc forced her to try generic IR Tegretol and again she had more seizures. I know this lady 40 years and I believe her. She is not a liar. She also hates drugs. If she had the same results from the other forms of Tegretol she would have used them. She has no reason to make this up. And I am also a person who is sensitive to different forms of a drug. Some drugs are the same whether generic or NB and some are not. My friend needs NB IR Tegretol. This woman is not a PC user so I promised her I'd ask if anyone knows anything? Her doc recently gave her a script for generic Tegretol and she implied Name Brand is not available. I think the doc lied to her. Does anyone know anything about this? Has anyone recently filled a script for NB IR Tegretol?
Merry Christmas Thor:) I thought tegretol was the same thing as neurontin which they gave me for subutex withdrawals but I can't seem to figure it out. I know my Dad took carbatrol for his trigeminal neurolgia (when the mylin sheath which is the covering to your nerves gets eaten away (which is what happens when you have multiple sclerosis). It's a very painful condition which brought my Dad to tears at times because it would last sometimes for hours. I can't even imagine feeling a shocking feeling in your head/mouth for that long. He rarely complained but I know he really suffered when he would get that. The doctor did prescribe him carbatrol and also neurontin and both made him very tired although when I looked up the side effects for tegretol and carbatrol it say's that it can cause restlessness. Does she live in the USA? I'm not sure if it's one of those things like with subutex nb not being available anymore while they do have generics.
I would call a pharmacist. They usually know the most and if not can find out for you. Please keep me posted. I will put her in my prayers. Laura
Tegretol name brand most likely lost its patent, therefore any drug company can make tegretol under any guise, brand, generic, any other form from another pharmacy which also reflects the price of the medication. My granddaughter is on tegretol for seizures as well. Good luck in finding the same meds to work like the original tegretol.
This won't help u directly, but I am deathly allergic to Tegretol, Topamax and the like class of anti-seizure medications. Off course, I was taking the medication for a mood stabilizer for my bipolar... didn't work. But, as nucproff suggested, Tegretol is way off patent and any drug company can make it. Might I be so bold as to make a suggestion to your friend... talk to the pharmacist, find out which drug company had the patent on it, if any of the medication from that company is the same formulation as they used in the Brand Name days and if so, GET HER SOME,ASAP. I am assuming that they do and that your friend should have no problem getting her Topamax ER (extended release) rather than IR (imediate release). Watch out... I'm thinking again. Hope I helped a bit and please let me know how your friend is doing and if she can get the meds she needs as there are other ways to get her meds from the original drug company for free.
Peace, love and happiness,
i have a seizure disorder, middle aged, and doc told me to only take brand name tegretol, not generic. people on generic can have seizures from what i understand. the brand name form is in short supply and at this point in time my pharmacy is trying to locate some for me. the pharmaceutical company is supposed to have some on feb. 1... am waiting to see if they actually do. the doc was not untruthful with this lady but i would definitely try to locate brand name.
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