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Generic Diflucan

Is Generic Fluconazole as Good as Diflucan?

All generic medications must have 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 "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication.
While many of the generic fluconazole products have a rating of AB or AP (meaning they should be equivalent to Diflucan), several have received BX ratings, which means there is some problem that suggests the products are not equivalent to Diflucan. Depending on your particular state laws, your pharmacist may or may not be able to use a BX-rated generic in place of Diflucan.
Keep in mind that generic medications (even those that are AB- or AP-rated) 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.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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