I have worked with many anti-seizure medications. It is incorrect to assure that it is the same medication with a different label. Some name brand meds also make the generic. Many times however, special generic houses manufacture these generic medications after the patent runs off. Generic medications must meet certain bio-availaility standards. This standards can vary slightly from branded name medications. Sometimes up to 20%. For example, rarely do you ever hear of anyone using generic Depakote, even thought generic Valproate has been around for years and years. Patients either could not tolerate it or it was not effective.
For some patients, generics works just fine. For patients depend on very percise medication standards and how they are dissolved and absorbed within the body. Those individuals with sensitivities who were well controlled on branded meds, may not achieve the same control on certain brands of generics.
Becareful with the statement that they are all the same. There is a range generics must meet. But that range is not always identical to branded drug. In an antibotic it may not matter, in a seizureor headache meds it could be the difference between good and adequate control.
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