Generic Lamictal XR
At this time, Lamictal XR (extended-release lamotrigine) is not available in generic form. It is unclear when generic Lamictal XR will become available, as no exclusivity rights or patents for the drug are listed with the FDA. However, Lamictal (the short-acting version of Lamictal XR) is available as a generic.
Can I Buy Generic Lamictal XR?Lamictal® XR™ (extended-release lamotrigine) is a prescription seizure medication. It is approved for use along with other seizure medications to treat partial-onset seizures in people age 13 years and older. It is an extended-release medication that is taken just once a day.
Lamictal XR is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. No generic versions of Lamictal XR are available at this time. However, the short-acting version is available in generic form (see Generic Lamictal for more information).
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?It is difficult to predict when generic Lamictal XR will become available. At this time, there are no patents or exclusivity rights listed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Lamictal XR.
Is Lamotrigine a Generic Lamictal XR?
No -- lamotrigine is the active ingredient in Lamictal XR (as well as short-acting Lamictal and generic versions of short-acting Lamictal), but is not a generic version of Lamictal XR. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of any drug is referred to as the "generic name." The generic name is different from a generic version of a medicine.
In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.