Question for those taking LAMICTAL

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Zomese
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   Posted 5/14/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
What did your pills look like when you got your first refill?
 
On the Lamictal website they say to make sure you get the right pills because the name Lamictal is similar to other names and it's common to get the wrong medicine. They show photos of what the 25 mg is suppose to look like & my refill looks nothing like that, nor do they look like the 25 mg in my 5 week Blue starter kit.
 
I was under the impression that there was NOT a generic brand for Lamictal (thats what the pharmacy told me when my co-pay was more than normal). So shouldn't these 25 mg look the same as the last ones?
 
A quick response would be very much appreciated.
 
I have to start my higher dose on Saturday. One 25mg in the am and two 25mg in the evening.
 
Thanks
 
28 Years Old - Suffering from Panic Attacks since I was 18
Diagnosed w/ Panic Disorder, OCD & Bipolar II
Prescribed 25mg Lamictal every other day - will increase dose gradually


serafena
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   Posted 5/14/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Zomese:

I think, just for your peace of mind, you might do well to take your bottle to the pharmacy and have the pharmacist check out your pills first-hand.

As far as I know, all Lamictals are shaped like shields, but they come in different colors for different dosages.

serafena
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olivia of course
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   Posted 5/14/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Zomese,

Like Serafena said all the pills are shaped like shields.  The 25mg are white, 100mg are peach/pinkish, and the 200mg are blue.

You should also take the bottle to the pharmacy and have them check and make sure you have the right medication.  You do not want to be taking something you shouldn't and especially since you feel uneasy about it.


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Teefa
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   Posted 5/15/2007 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Definitely take them to the pharmacy. As far as I know, there is no generic (at least not in the US). Better to be safe than sorry.

Zomese
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   Posted 5/15/2007 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for everyones response. I think I will take them to the pharmacy. My originals were shaped like the white shields and these are oval.

Thanks


 
28 Years Old - Suffering from Panic Attacks since I was 18
Diagnosed w/ Panic Disorder, OCD & Bipolar II
Prescribed 25mg Lamictal every other day - will increase dose gradually


Zomese
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   Posted 5/15/2007 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I just called the pharmacy and she said I have the right pills. She said that there is a generic made by Teva USA. I asked if I could get the ones made by Glaxo Smith Kline and the cost out of pocket would be $700.00 for 200 pills. WHAT? Does this sound right? I guess that's Kaiser for you.

 
28 Years Old - Suffering from Panic Attacks since I was 18
Diagnosed w/ Panic Disorder, OCD & Bipolar II
Prescribed 25mg Lamictal every other day - will increase dose gradually


olivia of course
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   Posted 5/15/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Zomese,
 
I think that's right, I did not have insurance when I used to take Lamical and it used to be $250+ for 60 (100mg) pills.  The higher the quantity the cheaper it is per pill.
 
I have gotten generic versions that were much cheaper about $70, but they were from Canada.  Those were all white, even for the higher doses.
 
The Glaxo Smith Kline version is very expensive because it has not been around that long.  I think the Lamictal patent will run out soon or just run out recently.  I know they had a suit against Teva USA, that was just settled.
 
But if you were able to get the generic version, thats great.  It will make your wallet a lot thicker, since you don't have to pay out of pocket for it.


@~ Olivia

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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 5/16/2007 1:39:42 PM (GMT-6)


allie1644
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   Posted 5/24/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately Lamictal is one of the most expensive out there. =/ But I'm guessing the generic is just as good as the real kind. Plus, it's a lot cheaper!!
"Stability is a place bipolar people only visit"
 
Bipolar II, rapid cycler, severe depression/hypomania, severe anxiety, and lifesaver- Shadley's Titan, nine-year-old reg. Quarter Horse Gelding.
 
Past: Depakote, Lexapro
Current: Lamictal, Abilify, Buspirome, Minocycline, omega 3, probiotics
 
 


bdr1
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   Posted 5/24/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
There is currently no generic for Lamictal. However, there have been some severe medication errors with pharmacists dispensing Lamisil (a drug for a fungal infection) instead of Lamictal.

You can always check with www.pdr.net (they give you the photos of the pills.

Hope this helps,
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