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I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place: I came across this site while searching for a new manufacturer for this drug Lamotrigine. The local pharmacies are quick to tell their customers, "We no longer have a contract/buy from, that manufacturer", but don't give out what manufacturer makes the drug and where to purchase it. All I get is, "I don't know. That's not something we are associated with," but can't give me squat for information. This drug intended purpose is for seizures. Now for Bipolar. I wasn't diagnosed with Bipolar, but I do have some of the tendencies behavior, (not enough to make Bipolar diagnosis), which I was tested and my new diagnosis is PTSD. If your not familiar with most recent studies, it can be a cause related to anything traumatic in our pasts. Yes, this is me. I have military retired insurance coverage and I'm trying to find who makes this drug to see who sells it and to try and have my insurance cover it. Damn, this is hard for a patient to do. I thought pharmacies or doctors do this.But what do I know? I'm just a nurse who cares for retired/disabled Vets. Suggestions/recommendations?
First off, I'm aware people here sometimes have issues when switching from Brand med to Generic. My pdoc started me on a Generic Venlafaxine, (maybe she didn't want there to be an issue at a later date, in case I wasn't given the specific Effexor name brand everytime, I guess)? I started on 37.5mg Mylan tab, and as I increased, not sure if it changed. Last 4 months, I was taking 150mg (in 1 tab pill), (can't remember the name). Anyway, I am completely confused!! I've been on different generic manufacturers and different formulations (sometimes I go to a different pharmacy, due to stock, they sometimes give me 2 75mg doses, instead of 150mg). I'm not sure even which manufacturer/brand I've been taking the longest, as I don't save the packages. However, I have noticed this last week, I've been on a different pill than months prior. I am definitely feeling different (much more tired, LAZY, spacey and sweaty) I compared my current pill (Peach, 2 dose 75mg Pfizer Venlafaxine Capsules with individual beads) to a previous one (White, Mylan Venlafaxine, it's a hard tablet inside a capsule?). I've never been on the capsule with individual beads version (usually only the hard tab). I don't know the difference between these formulations (capsule with beads versus hard tabs)!! I'm assuming there would be a huge difference in the release mechanism and absorption of the drug right? I'm not sure what to do, or which specific manufacturer/name to request now....I also read that only XR formulation exists (no instant) so all of these should be extended, right? Which ones have the best reputation?
Apparently the FTC demanded that Actavis/Wastson divest itself of the rights to make buproprion back in 2012. Now the supply has finally dried up. So are the only options now Bar (big thumbs down, manufactured in India) and Sandoz? If so what chains can order Sandoz? (I live in Washington State on the West Coast)