Generic Drug Guide

Generic drug guide

Generic alternatives to brand-name medications may help patients save money. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states1 that it ensures the safety and effectiveness of the generic drugs it approves. According to the FDA, a generic drug is identical, or bioequivalent, to a brand-name drug and is “required to have the same active ingredient, strength, dosage form and route of administration as the brand-name product.”2

Generic drug options

Please refer to the chart below for a list of common brand drugs and corresponding generic and over-the-counter (OTC) alternatives. You can also download a printable version of the chart.

Therapeutic class Brand products Generic and over-the-counter (OTC) alternatives
Angiotensin-converting enzyme(ACE) inhibitors Accupril, Aceon, Altace, Capoten, Lotensin, Mavik, Monopril, Prinivil, Univasc, Vasotec, Zestril benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), trandolapril (Mavik)
Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) Atacand, Avapro, Benicar, Cozaar, Diovan, Edarbi, Hyzaar, Micardis, Teveten candesartan (Atacand), eprosartan (Teveten), irbesartan (Avapro), losartan (Cozaar , telmisartan (Micardis), valsartan (Diovan)
Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonist/Combinations Atacand HCT, Avalide, Benicar HCT, Diovan HCT, Exforge, Exforge HCT, Micardis HCT, Teveten HCT candesartan/HCTZ (Atacand HCT), eprosartan/HCTZ (Teveten HCT), irbesartan/HCTZ (Avalide), losartan/ HCTZ (Hyzaar), telmisartan/HCTZ (Micardis HCT), valsartan/amlodipine (Exforge), valsartan/amlodipine/HCTZ (Exforge HCT), valsartan/HCTZ (Diovan HCT)
Antibiotics Augmentin, Augmentin ES, Augmentin XR, Avelox, Cipro, Levaquin, Zithromax amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin, Augmentin ES, Augmentin XR), azithromycin (Zithromax), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox)
Anti-coagulants Arixtra, Coumadin, Eliquis, Jantoven, Lovenox, Pradaxa, Savaysa, Xarelto enoxaparin injection (Lovenox), fondaparinux injection (Arixtra), warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
Antidepressants Celexa, Cymbalta, Effexor XR, Fetzima, Irenka, Khedezla, Lexapro, Marplan, Paxil, Paxil CR, Pristiq, Prozac, Sarafem, Savella, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin XL, Viibryd bupropion (Wellbutrin), bupropion XL (Wellbutrin XL), citalopram (Celexa), desvenlafaxine(Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), fluvoxamine CR (Luvox CR), nefazodone (Serzone), paroxetine (Paxil), paroxetine CR (Paxil CR), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), venlafaxine XR (Effexor XR)
Anti-emetic agents Anzemet, Compro, Emend, Kytril, Reglan, Tigan, Zofran, Zofran ODT, Zuplenz granisetron (Kytril), metoclopramide (Reglan), ondansetron (Zofran, Zofran ODT, Zuplenz), prochlorperazine (Compro), trimethobenzamide (Tigan)
Anti-epileptic drugs Aptiom, Banzel, Carbatrol, Depakote, Depakote ER, Diamox, Epitol, Felbatol, Fycompa, Gabitril, Keppra, Keppra XR, Lamictal, Lamictal XR, Lyrica, Neurontin, Oxtellar XR, Potiga, Sabril, Qudexy XR, Tegretol, Topamax, Trileptal, Trokendi XR, Vimpat, Zonegran Acetazolamide (Diamox), carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Tegretol, Tegretol XR), divalproex (Depakote), divalproex extended release (Depakote ER), felbamate (Felbatol), gabapentin (Neurontin), lamotrigine (Lamictal), lamotrigine ER (Lamictal XR), levetiracetam (Keppra), levetiracetam extended-release (Keppra XR), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), tiagabine (Gabitril), topiramate (Topamax), valproic acid (Depakote), zonisamide (Zonegran)
Antifungals Ancobon, Diflucan, Grifulvin V, Gris- Peg, Lamisil, Nizoral, Terbinex, VFend fluconazole (Diflucan), flucytosine (Ancobon), griseofulvin (Grifulvin V, Gris-Peg), ketoconazole (Nizoral), nystatin (Mycostatin, Nystop), terbinafine (Lamisil), voriconazole (VFend)
Anti-glaucoma agents Azopt, Betagan, Betimol, Cosopt, Istalol, Lumigan, Ocupress, Rescula, Timoptic, Travatan, Travatan Z, Trusopt, Xalatan, Zioptan Betaxolol (Betoptic), bimatoprost (Lumigan), carteolol (Ocupress), dorzolamide (Trusopt), dorzolamide/timolol (Cosospt), latanoprost (Xalatan), levobunolol (Betagan), metipranolol (OptiPranolol), timolol (Betimol, Istalol, Timoptic), travoprost (Travatan)
Antihistamines Allegra OTC, Allegra-D OTC, Clarinex, Clarinex-D, Claritin OTC, Claritin-D OTC, Xyzal, Zyrtec OTC, Zyrtec-D OTC desloratadine (Clarinex), fexofenadine OTC (Allegra OTC), fexofenadine/ pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D OTC), levocetirizine (Xyzal), loratadine OTC (Claritin OTC), loratadine /pseudoephedrine OTC (Claritin-D OTC), cetirizine OTC (Zyrtec OTC), cetirizine/ pseudoephedrine OTC (Zyrtec-D OTC)
Anti-migraine agents Alsuma, Amerge, Axert, Frova, Imitrex, Maxalt, Relpax, Sumavel, Treximet, Zomig almotriptan (Axert), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex), zolmitriptan (Zomig)
Anti-platelet Aggrenox, Brilinta, Effient, Plavix clopidogrel (Plavix), dipyridamole/aspirin (Aggrenox), ticlopidine (Ticlid)
Anti-parkinsonian agents Apokyn, Azilect, Comtan, Eldepryl, Neupro, Mirapex, Parlodel, Requip, Requip XL, Stalevo, Tasmar Benztropine* (Cogentin), bromocriptine (Parlodel, Cycloset), cabergoline(Dostinex), entacapone (Comtan), pramipexole (Mirapex), ropinirole (Requip), ropinirole extended release (Requip XL), tolcapone (Tasmar), trihexyphenidyl* (Artane)
Anti-retrovirals Combivir, Emtriva, Epivir, Epzicom, Retrovir, Trizivir, Videx, Viramune, Zerit, Ziagen abacavir (Ziagen), abacavir/lamivudine/zidovudine (Trizivir), didanosine (Videx), lamivudine (Epivir), lamivudine/zidovudine (Combivir), nevirapine (Viramune), stavudine (Zerit), zidovudine (Retrovir)
Anti-spasmodics Detrol, Detrol LA, Ditropan, Ditropan XL, Enablex, Gelnique, Myrbetriq, Oxytrol, Pamine, Sanctura, Sanctura XR Toviaz, Vesicare Flavoxate (Urispas), oxybutynin (Ditropan), oxybutynin ER* (Ditropan XL), tolterodine (Detrol), tolterodine ER (Detrol LA), trospium (Sanctura)
Anti-virals Copegus, Cytovene, Famvir, Flumadine, Sitavig, Valcyte, Valtrex, Zovirax cyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), ganciclovir (Cytovene), ribavirin (Copegus), rimantadine (Flumadine), valacyclovir (Valtrex), valganciclovir (Valcyte)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) agents Avodart, Cardura*, Cardura XL*, Flomax, Hytrin*, Jalyn, Proscar, Rapaflo, Uroxatral alfuzosin SR (Uroxatral), doxazosin* (Cardura), finasteride (Proscar), tamsulosin (Flomax), terazosin* (Hytrin)
Beta blockers Bystolic, Coreg, Coreg CR, Inderal LA, Lopressor, Tenoretic, Tenormin, ToprolXL, Zebeta, Ziac atenolol (Tenormin), atenolol/chlorthalidone (Tenoretic), bisoprolol (Zebeta), bisoprolol/HCTZ (Ziac), carvedilol (Coreg, Coreg CR), metoprolol (Lopressor), metoprolol XL (Toprol-XL), propranolol LA (Inderal LA)
Bisphosphonates Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, Fosamax, alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), risedronate (Actonel),
Calcium channel blockers Adalat CC, Caduet, Calan, Cardene, DynaCirc CR, Lotrel, Norvasc, Sular, Plendil amlodipine (Norvasc), amlodipine/benazepril (Lotrel), amlodipine/atorvastatin (Caduet), diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia XT, Dilt-CD, Tiazac), felodipine (Plendil), isradipine (DynaCirc), nicardipine (Cardene), nifedipine (Adalat CC), nisoldipine (Sular), verapamil (Calan)
Cholinesterase/N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) inhibitors Aricept, Exelon, Namenda, Razadyne, Razadyne ER donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Razadyne), galantamine ER (Razadyne ER), rivastigmine (Exelon)
Nasal corticosteroids Beconase AQ, Flonase, Nasarel, Nasonex, Nasacort AQ, QNASL, Rhinocort Aqua, Veramyst, Zetonna budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua), fluticasone (Flonase OTC), flunisolide (Nasarel), triamcinolone (Nasacort OTC),
Opioids Abstral, Actiq, Avinza, Butrans, Demerol, Dilaudid, Dolophine, Duragesic, Embeda, Exalgo, Fentora, Hysingla ER, Ibudone, Kadian, MS Contin, Opana ER, Oramorph SR, Oxycontin, Reprexain, Subutex, Suboxone, Zohydro ER buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex, Suboxone), butorphanol (Stadol), codeine sulfate, fentanyl transdermal patch (Duragesic), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), levorphanol (Levo- Dromoran), meperidine (Demerol), methadone (Dolophine), morphine sulfate (Avinza), morphine sulfate ER (MS Contin/Oramorph SR), oxycodone (Oxycontin), oxymorphone ER (Opana ER), tramadol (Ultram)
Ophthalmic agents: antihistamine Bepreve, Elestat, Emadine, Lastacaft, Naphcon, Optivar, Pataday, Patanol, Pazeo azelastine (Optivar), epinastine (Elestat), ketotifen (Zaditor OTC), naphazoline (Naphcon)
Ophthalmic agents: NSAID Acular, Acular LS, Acular PF, Acuvail, Bromday, Ilevro, Nevanac, Ocufen, Prolensa, Voltaren, Xibrom bromfenac (Xibrom), diclofenac (Voltaren), flurbiprofen (Ocufen), ketorolac (Acular/LS/PF)
Proton pump inhibitors Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prevacid SoluTab, Prilosec, Protonix, Zegerid esomeprazole (Nexium OTC), lansoprazole (Prevacid OTC), omeprazole (Prilosec OTC), omeprazole/ sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid OTC), pantoprazole (Protonix), rabeprazole (Aciphex)
Sedative-hypnotics† Ambien, Ambien CR, Belsomra, Edluar, Intermezzo, Lunesta, Restoril, Rozerem, Silenor, Sonata eszopiclone (Lunesta), temazepam (Restoril), trazodone (Desyrel), zaleplon (Sonata), zolpidem (Ambien), zolpidem CR (Ambien CR)
Statins Crestor, Lescol, Lescol XL, Lipitor, Livalo, Mevacor, Pravachol, Vytorin, Zocor atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor)
Stimulants Adderall, Adderall XR, Aptensio XR, Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin XR, Vyvanse, Zenzedi dextroamphetamine salts extended-release (Adderall & Adderall XR), methylphenidate (Concerta,

*May not be appropriate for persons ages 65 years and older; † indicated for short-term use only.

Please note: The information provided here does not include an exhaustive list of drug contraindications or recommended restrictions and precautions for all patients.

References:

1. "Your generic drug is safe and effective. And we've got the results to prove it." (2012) Retrieved July 5, 2012, from

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingGenericDrugs/ucm173738.htm.

2. "Facts about Generic Drugs.” Retrieved Sept. 27, 2013, from

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingGenericDrugs/ucm167991.htm."