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Can you switch your epilepsy medication to generic drugs?

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Switching to a generic can lower the price tag of living with epilepsy. Or your insurance company make the substitution for you. Generic drugs are tightly regulated by the FDA, but small differences are allowed. Sometimes one kind of generic drug is changed for another as often as monthly. Most epilepsy experts that can trigger seizures. Until scientific studies settle the issue, it may be best to stick with brand-name drugs if you can afford them.

From: Should You Switch Epilepsy Medications? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

French, J.A. 2008. New England Journal of Medicine,

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Berg, M.J. published online June 24, 2008. Epilepsy & Behavior,

Liow, K. 2007. Neurology,

Steven Schachter, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; board of directors, Epilepsy Foundation.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 8, 2019

SOURCES:

French, J.A. 2008. New England Journal of Medicine,

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Berg, M.J. published online June 24, 2008. Epilepsy & Behavior,

Liow, K. 2007. Neurology,

Steven Schachter, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; board of directors, Epilepsy Foundation.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 8, 2019

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