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:
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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Vivactil [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Odyssey Pharmaceuticals;2004 October.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed September 19, 2008.
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