Generic and Brand Name Medications

Generic equivalents to brand name medications

The cross reference chart below is designed to assist consumers locate cheaper alternatives to brand name medications.

The pharmaceutical industry is subject to international regulatory considerations that affect the information provided. In addition the registration status of pharmaceutical products may not necessarily be the same in various regions of the world. Approved product labels may also differ depending on the country concerned.

It is important to know the active ingredient (chemical name) in each of your medications not just the brand name.

Anti-Depressant
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Paxil
SmithKline Beecham
Paroxetine
Prozac
Eli Lilly and Company
Fluoxetine
Wellbutrin
GlaxoSmithKline
Bupropion
Zoloft
Pfizer
Sertraline

Cholesterol
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Lipitor
Pfizer
Atorvastatin
Zocor
Merck & Co., Inc.
Simvastatin

Erectile Dysfunction
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Cialis
Lilly ICOS LLC
Tadalafil
Levitra
Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline
Vardenafil HCI
Uprima
Abbott Laboratories
Apomorphine Hydrochloride
Viagra
Pfizer
Sildenafil Citrate

Hair Loss
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Propecia
Merck & Co., Inc.
Finasteride


Pain Relief
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Celebra
Pharmacia & Upjohn
Celecoxib
Celebrex
-
Celecoxib
Esgic
-
Zebutal
Feldene
Pfizer
Piroxicam
Fioricet
-
Acetaminophen / Butalbital / Caffeine
Soma
 
Carisoprodol
Tramal
Grunenthal
Tramadol
Ultram
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical
Tramadol
VioxxWithdrawn from sale
-
Rofecoxib
Voltaren XR
-
diclofenac

Sleep
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Ambien
Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc
Zolpidem Tartrate
Lunesta
Sepracor Inc
Eszopiclone
Sonata
Jones Pharma Incorporated™
Zaleplon

Stop Smoking
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Zyban
GlaxoSmithKline
Bupropion

Weight Control
Brand Name
Registered to
Generic (Chemical) Name
Adipex-P
-
Phentermine
Bontril
-
Phendimetrazine
Didrex
-
Benzphetamine
Ionamin
-
Phentermine
Meridia
Abbott Laboratories
Sibutramine
Tenuate
-
Diethylpropion
Xenical
-
Orlistat

For a drug to be categorized "generic" it has to meet 2 tests.
It has to be chemically equivalent and it has to be therapeutically equivalent to the brand name drug.
i.e.: it has to have the same therapeutic effect.
Generic drugs may differ in colour, name, size or shape but this is cosmetic and for patent reasons only.