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Vivactil® (protriptyline hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed as a depression treatment. The medication is part of a class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants.
 
Brand-name Vivactil is currently manufactured by Duramed Pharmaceuticals. Although Merck was the first manufacturer of Vivactil many years ago, Duramed now holds the rights to make brand-name Vivactil. Also, it has since come off patent and is available as a generic.
 

Strengths of Generic Vivactil

Generic Vivactil tablets are available in the following strengths:
 
  • Protriptyline 5 mg
  • Protriptyline 10 mg.
     

Who Makes Generic Vivactil?

Generic Vivactil is made by the following manufacturers:
 
  • Roxane Laboratories
  • SigmaPharm Laboratories, LLC.
     

Is Generic Protriptyline as Good as Vivactil?

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 each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. Generic protriptyline has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Vivactil.
 
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers or dyes or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
 
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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