Several different generic Diflucan (fluconazole) products are available at this time. The generic tablets are available in four strengths, while the injectable and oral suspension only come in one strength. Most generic versions currently available are considered equivalent to the brand-name medication. However, several products have received BX ratings, which means they may not equivalent to Diflucan.
Is a Generic Version of Diflucan Available?
Diflucan® (fluconazole) is a prescription antifungal medication approved for treating and/or preventing several different fungal infections. Most commonly, it is used to treat vaginal yeast infections.
Brand-name Diflucan is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. The patents for this medication have expired, however, and generic versions are available.
Strengths of Generic Diflucan
Generic Diflucan is available in the following strengths and forms:
- Fluconazole 50 mg tablets
- Fluconazole 100 mg tablets
- Fluconazole 150 mg tablets
- Fluconazole 200 mg tablets
- Fluconazole powder for oral suspension (which is mixed by a pharmacist to a concentration of 10 or 40 mg per mL, depending on the strength)
- Fluconazole 2 mg per mL injection (available in various package sizes).
Who Makes Generic Forms of Diflucan?
Several different manufactures make a generic version of Diflucan. For example:
- Apotex Corporation
- Baxter Healthcare Corporation
- Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
- Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
- Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals.
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.