Three forms of generic Felbatol (felbamate) are now available. The FDA has given the generic versions an "AB" rating, which means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name product. However, generic drugs can contain different inactive ingredients, which can cause problems for people with certain sensitivities.
Can I Buy Generic Felbatol?Felbatol® (felbamate) is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of epilepsy. Specifically, it is approved to treat the following conditions:
Felbatol is only approved for use in people who have severe epilepsy that has not adequately responded to other medications. When used for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in children, this drug is approved only in combination with other seizure medications.
Felbatol is made by Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The patents for Felbatol have expired, and generic versions are available.
- Felbamate 400 mg tablets
- Felbamate 600 mg tablets
- Felbamate 600 mg per 5 mL oral suspension (liquid).
Generic Felbatol is made by only one company: Amneal Pharmaceuticals.
Is Generic Felbamate as Good as Felbatol?All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic Felbatol versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Felbatol.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.