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MHRA: Antiepileptic drugs: changing between different manufacturers products

Posted by Debbie Simpson on May 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

We would like to make parents aware of the following letter that has been recently issued by the MHRA, who regulate medicines and medical devices in the UK (click on the underlined text to view).


http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/comms-ic/documents/websiteresources/con335046.pdf


The letter states that for many people it is safe to switch from one manufacturer of their antiepileptic drugs to another. However with some particular types of antiepileptics doctors and pharmacists should now advise that they are always produced by the same manufacturer. This is primarily to ensure that the change does not effect seizure control or increase the risk of side effects.


The letter states, and Small Steps - Seize the Day also stress, that you should not make any changes, or stop taking your medication without discussing it with your doctor.

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