I need to know about the diffrence because i was always told that i have to stay on the brand name and not switch. I have been on the brand name for 15+ years. I have a new pc and he put me on the generic..
Generic name: Carbamazepine, I also take it without any problems, and I also used to take Tegretol.-
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generic versions are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic Tegretol versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Tegretol.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients from the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients, which could cause problems for people with certain allergies or sensitivities. In addition, many healthcare providers prefer that their patients stay with their exact seizure medication (rather than switching back and forth between brand-name and generic versions or between different generic medications). Even small variations can make a big difference when it comes to seizure medications.
For further questions please do contact your Dr.-
All the best and take care,
I've noticed that when a doctor prescribes a brand name medication and tells you not to take a generic version it is because the doctor is either getting a kickback from the drug manufacturer or has an agreement of some type with them. A generic version of the same medication has to be equivalent to the brand name according to FDA regulations.
I have been epileptic since I was two and have been on several different meds, from Dilantin in the 70's to Epitol which is generic Tegretol for over the last 10yrs. and have done just fine.
The main difference between name brand and generic is the price, however, keep a tab on any side effects you think you might be having and give it to your doctor, for me, I started having muscle spasms about 3,4 months ago in my left arm and didn't know why until I read the list of side effects on this web site, now I have something to ask my doctor about.
There really is minimal difference between the two and as long as it's controlling your seizures I wouldn't worry about it.
- Tegretol Information for Consumers
- Tegretol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tegretol (detailed)
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