global trade names, how supplied, generic equivalents, generic availability
US brand name
Available as Topamax in these countries1
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Argentina, Australia, Brazil, EU, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, UK,
Other trade name(s) for topiramate used in these countries1
- Topamac: Columbia, Greece
- Topimax: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
- Topiramat-Cilag: Germany
- Topiramat-Janssen: Germany
- Topamax migrans: Germany
- Топамакс (Topamax): Russia
- Topina: Japan
Just because a drug is available in one country doesn’t mean you can get it everywhere. Even if a medication is available elsewhere, it won’t necessarily have the same brand, or trade name everywhere it is sold. We do our best to find all the countries where a med is available and all the names it’s sold under.
Generic Name and Availability
Generic name / international nonproprietary name
A drug’s generic, or international nonproprietary name (INN) is how it is uniquely identified around the world. Unless it’s not.2. The generic version of a med is are often available in other countries long before they are in the US3.
Is generic Topamax available in the US?
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topiramate is available in these countries4
Australia, France, New Zealand
Branded generic names5 & transcribed or transliterated INN/generic name2
- topiramaat: Dutch for topiramate
- topiramaattia: Finnish for topiramate
- topiramato: Spanish for topiramate
- топирамат: Cyrillic transliteration of topiramate
- topiramatum - Latin for topiramate6
- Toplep: South Africa
- Tamate: Australia
- Epiramax: Australia
- Topitaren: France
- Tipiramate: France
Known Differences Between Topamax vs. topiramate
In theory any prescription of topiramate you get should have effects identical to those of Topamax. In practice that is usually, but not always the case. Especially with crazy meds. See our page on brand vs. generic meds for details on the differences between brand name and generic drugs, including how and why those differences can affect how the branded version of a drug works one way, and the generic versions from different manufacturers can each work in other ways.
If we know of any problems with particular generics, or if some generics are better than others, we’ll let you know.
Specific generics with complaints, preferred generics manufacturers, or other information about topiramate / generic Topamax
There have been a lot of complaints in the US about generic topiramate.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals’ has had the fewest, and lately most everyone seems to be happy with it now.
- Torrent Pharmaceuticals’ topiramate, while not as worthless as Dr. Reddy’s lamotrigine, is unpredictable. Some days it feels like you’ve taken too much, some days it feels barely acceptable, and some days are wasted in a benzodiazepine stupor because you feel a seizure coming on.
- Oh, wait, you had a seizure anyway and crapped your pants. Fuck you, Torrent Pharmaceuticals.
- Sun Pharmaceutical’s topiramate is easily identified by the well-designed S imprint on one side, a range of numbers in the low 700s on the other, (702 for 25mg, 712 for 200mg) and the same color scheme used by Teva for their topiramate. While nowhere near as bad as Torrent’s, it’s far from acceptable.
Generics with independently-tested bioequivalence data
Forms and Classes
Available / supplied as
Tablets have OMN on one side and the dosage on the other. The color varies with dosage.
- 25 mg tablet is cream
- 50 mg tablet is light yellow
- 100 mg tablet is yellow
- 200 mg tablet is salmon
- 15 and 25 mg sprinkle capsules contain small, white to off white spheres. The gelatin capsules are white and clear and printed with “TOP” and the dosage.
Shelf life / good for / expires after
Topamax (topiramate) has a shelf life of: Tablets: 3 years. Sprinkles: 2 years.
Drug classes / categories
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- Topamax (topiramate) Full US Prescribing Information
- Mosby’s Drug Consult 2007 (Generic Prescription Physician’s Reference Book Series) © 2007 ISBN:978-0323040587
- Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution
- Greenstone Pharmaceuticals’ Product List. Greenstone LLC Last accessed 04 July 2014
- History of Pfizer and Warner-Lambert; 2000 to Present. Pfizer.com Last accessed 04 July 2014
1 EU: European Union. Currently Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Not all drugs approved in any one EU country are approved in all, but most crazy meds approved in several EU countries are at least obtainable in all EU countries on the European mainland. I'm not sure about Britain, Cyprus, Ireland, and Malta.
The UK and Ireland are listed separately because we're a primarily English-language site. Plus the UK tends to be more independent on more matters than any other EU member state, so it should probably be listed separately no matter what language a site like this is in.
While the EU is moving toward one brand name for the same med, that's not going to happen overnight. And people will still refer to meds by old brand names. So we'll list old brand names until they vanish.
2 In some countries the INN / generic name is transcribed into a local phonetic equivalent. In Spanish it's often so close as to be redundant (e.g. topiramato vs. topiramate). In Finnish it's close to being a different drug (e.g. escitalopram vs. essitalopraami). I can understand the need to transliterate the INN / generic name into another alphabet (topiramate becomes топирамат in Russian), but giving a med a different generic name using the Latin alphabet just makes it difficult to find.
3 Protection of intellectual property is in Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution*. That's right after all the rules about money and the post office, and well before anything regarding war and what the President gets to do. That tradition is why the US has the strongest patent and copyright laws on the planet, and why it takes forever for generic versions of drugs to be available here. America really was the first country based on capitalism, albeit not the libertarian wet dream some people think it was. But if you don't like it, then move to China or Canadia with all the other commie pinkos and let those of us who can't afford to pay full retail stay crazy and die in peace.
4 Generic availability isn't fully harmonized in the EU. Sometimes a drug is available everywhere as a generic, sometimes it's available only in a few member states. We'll provide the best information we have.
If a transcribed or transliterated generic name is used (see below) and we know about it we'll use that here as well.
5 The term "branded generic" has three meanings:
1) A generic drug produced by a generics manufacturer that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company that makes the branded version. E.g. Greenstone Pharmaceuticals makes gabapentin, and they are owned by Pfizer, who also own Parke-Davis, the makers of Neurontin.
2) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Teva's Budeprion), but otherwise has the same active ingredient as the original branded version (Wellbutrin).
3) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Sanofi-Aventis' Aplenzin, which is bupropion hydrobromide) and uses a salt of the active ingredient that is different from the original branded version and other generics (Wellbutrin, Budeprion and all the others are bupropion hydrochloride). We aren't sure how much of a difference that makes. The FDA says they're the same thing. As usual, the data are contradictory. So far it's looking as if the FDA is wrong again, and I need to make separate pages for Pexeva, Aplenzin, etc.
For our purposes a "branded generic name" refers to the second and third definitions. We'll note if any preferred generics are manufactured by the pioneering company's subsidiary.
6 For what, the Vatican City Walgreens? Pedantic snobbery? Why the holy fuck do you need an INN in fucking Latin?
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