Generic Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release
It is now possible to buy dexmethylphenidate extended-release (Focalin XR) in generic form. The generic versions come in three strengths and are made by various manufacturers. All of these products have been assigned an "AB" rating by the FDA. This means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name version; however, they are allowed to contain different inactive ingredients.
Generic Dexmethylphenidate Extended-Release: An OverviewDexmethylphenidate extended-release (Focalin XR®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although dexmethylphenidate extended-release is a stimulant, it has effects that are the opposite of what would be expected of a stimulant. While stimulants like caffeine can cause hyperactivity, dexmethylphenidate extended-release has a calming effect.
Brand-name Focalin XR is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Some strengths of this medication are available in generic form.
Generic versions of this medication are available in the following strengths:
- Dexmethylphenidate 15 mg extended-release capsules
- Dexmethylphenidate 30 mg extended-release capsules
- Dexmethylphenidate 40 mg extended-release capsules.
It is made by manufacturers such as:
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
It's not clear when exactly you can expect the other strengths of dexmethylphenidate extended-release to "go generic." There have already been several lawsuits between drug manufacturers concerning patent expirations.
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic versions of dexmethylphenidate extended-release currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to the brand-name product.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.