Methadone is often prescribed for the treatment of pain and addiction to opiates. Because all of the patents have expired, generic versions of the medication are available. There are several strengths and forms, including tablets, dispersible tablets, an oral solution, and injections. Several manufacturers make generic methadone, including Roxane Laboratories, Sandoz, and Mallinckrodt, Inc.
Is a Generic Version of Methadone Available?Methadone hydrochloride (Diskets®, Dolophine®, Methadose®) is a prescription opioid medication. It is approved for treating pain and for opioid addiction treatment.
At this time, brand-name Diskets and Dolophine tablets are made by Roxane Laboratories, and Methadose tablets and oral concentrate are made by Mallinckrodt, Inc. However, the patents for methadone have long expired, and generic versions of all forms are available. In fact, both Roxane and Mallinckrodt are generic manufacturers.
- Methadone 5 mg and 10 mg tablets
- Methadone 40 mg dispersible tablets (for use only for addiction treatment, not for pain)
- Methadone 5 mg per 5 mL and 10 mg per 5 mL oral solution
- Methadone 10 mg per mL oral concentrate (for use only for addiction treatment, not for pain)
- Methadone 10 mg per mL injection.
Methadone also comes in a bulk powder that is used by pharmacists or other appropriate healthcare providers to mix an oral liquid form. It should not be injected and is approved only for addiction treatment.
Who Makes Generic Methadone?Several different manufactures make a generic version of methadone, including (but not limited to):
- Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
- Mallinckrodt, Inc.
- Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Notice that the manufacturers of brand-name methadone products also make generic versions.