A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) is a medication used to treat partial seizures. It works by slowing down the movement of sodium in your nervous tissue to prevent your nerves from rapidly firing. You can buy Aptiom as 200mg, 400mg, 600mg, or 800mg tablets. Store your Aptiom tablets at room temperature and keep them out of reach of children.
The active ingredient in Aptiom is eslicarbazepine acetate. A full list of ingredients can be found in the package insert.
|Routes of administration||By mouth|
|Legal status||US: Rx Only|
|Chemical Name||Eslicarbazepine acetate|
|Elimination half-life||10-20 hours|
|Dosage (Strength)||200mg, 400mg, 600mg, 800mg|
|Pregnancy||Risk not ruled out|
|Brands||Aptiom, Zebinix, Exalief, Eslicarba|
The side effects of Aptiom include:
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