Generic Viramune

You can now buy generic Viramune (nevirapine), both in tablet and oral suspension form. The generic products are made by a number of manufacturers, including Apotex Corporation and Aurobindo Pharma Limited. Although the generic versions are considered equivalent to the brand-name medicine, they may contain different inactive ingredients.

Generic Viramune: An Overview

Viramune® (nevirapine) is a prescription AIDS and HIV medication. It belongs to a class of medications known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Viramune is approved to be used only in combination with other HIV medications.
 
Brand-name Viramune is made by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. However, the first patent for Viramune has expired, and the drug is available in generic form.
 

Availability of Generic Viramune

Generic Viramune is available in the following strengths and forms:
 
  • Nevirapine 200 mg tablets
  • Nevirapine oral suspension (50 mg per 5 mL or per teaspoonful).
     
Generic Viramune is made by various manufacturers, including but not limited to:
 
  • Aurobindo Pharma Limited
  • Apotex Corporation
  • Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Roxane Laboratories.
     
The versions sold by Roxane Laboratories are actually "authorized" generics. This means that they are the real, brand-name Viramune products that have been repackaged, relabeled, and sold as generics.
 

Is Generic Nevirapine as Good as Viramune?

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" or "AA" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic versions of Viramune currently available have an "AB" rating (for the tablets) or "AA" rating (for the liquid), meaning they should be equivalent to Viramune.
 
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.

Viramune Drug Information

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