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There is one generic version of Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine) available. This generic product is sold in the form of a tablet. The FDA has determined that this generic medication is equivalent to brand-name Combivir. However, the generic version may have different inactive ingredients, which may cause problems for some people.

Generic Combivir: An Overview

Combivir® (lamivudine/zidovudine) is a prescription HIV and AIDS medication. It is part of a group of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).
Brand-name Combivir is made by GlaxoSmithKline. However, the drug is also available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Combivir

Generic Combivir is available in one strength -- Lamivudine/zidovudine 150 mg/300 mg tablets. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers, such as:
  • Aurobindo Pharma Limited
  • Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Is Generic Lamivudine/Zidovudine as Good as Combivir?

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. The generic version of Combivir currently available has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Combivir.
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.
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