I just wanted to let you know that by law the generic and brand meds have to have the same ingredients iin order for the FDA to approve the generic. Generic is cheaper because the patent has expired, and this allows other competitive companies to produce the same meds for a cheaper price. I too used to get nervous about taking the generic brands of my meds as well, but I have not noticed any difference. As with any meds, unfortunetely this doesn't mean that the side effects go away.
Oh, I have taken generic versions of Lamictal for about 1 1/2 years and didn't notice the difference between the brand and generic version. I have also taken generic versions of Lithium and Trileptal.
If you are really concerned you should discuss this issue with your pdoc or the local pharmacist. They are the best people to give you more info about meds.
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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 8/11/2008 1:34:49 PM (GMT-6)