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IS SWITCHING FROM PHENOBARBITAL TO VIMPAT SAFE?!

I HAVE HAD SEIZURES FOR 30-YEARS. I HAVE BEEN TAKING PHENOBARBITAL (QUALITEST BRAND PREVIOUSLY WEST WARD BRAND) SCORED 5012 V. THE VA WANTS VETERANS TO ONLY TAKE GENERIC MEDICATION AS OF 2019. SO EVERY TIME I GET A REFILL, IT IS A DIFFERENT BRAND! I GET MORE AND MORE BREAK THROUGH SEIZURES. GRANTED WITH THE PILL SCORED 5012 V, I STILL HAD BREAK THROUGH SEIZURES, BUT NOT AS OFTEN AS THESE GENERICS I AM RECEIVING! MY NEUROLOGIST WANTS ME TO TRY VIMPAT! I AM VERY SCARED SINCE I HAVE BEEN ON PHENOBARBITAL FOR SO LONG! CAN ANYONE TELL HOW THEY ARE DOING ON THE VIMPAT TABLETS?! ALSO, HOW ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS COMPARED TO PHENOBARBITAL? GOOD OR WORSE?!

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