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.
Known as Trioptal in the UK
This medicine is an anticonvulsant used to prevent and treat seizures. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
You are recommended to take Trileptal according to your doctor’s prescription. Your healthcare professional may change your dosage to achieve optimal results. You may take Trileptal with or without food, but it has to be taken twice daily unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
The dose is primarily dependent on your medical condition, age, weight, and susceptibility. You may be given a lower dose which increases as your body adjusts to it. You are strongly advised not to discontinue it suddenly as that could make your condition worse.
Active: Oxcarbazepine 300 mg
Inactive: Silicon dioxide, crospovidone, glycol.
Some pre-existing medical conditions coupled with Trileptal may cause adverse reactions. Inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Infants and children may be susceptible to the above-mentioned side effects, especially infections. Furthermore, birth control pills or hormone medicines may not work alongside Trileptal. This is why you are advised to discuss the risks and benefits of taking this drug. You are also expected to inform your doctor about your medical conditions before any surgery or prescription.
You have been prescribed this drug after much consideration; you may experience some side effects which may subside as your body adjusts. If they persist; however, consult your doctor immediately. Inform your doctor if you experience:
Any allergic side effects such as rashes, itching, and dizziness.
Trileptal, coupled with recreational drugs, may hinder your cognitive skills. Avoid activities such as driving to avoid mishaps.