Is There a Generic Version of Claritin?
) is a non-prescription antihistamine approved to treat allergies
and hives. It belongs to a group of medications known as non-sedating antihistamines (which are less likely to cause drowsiness). Claritin was originally a prescription-only product, but was switched to non-prescription status in 2002.
Claritin is manufactured by Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc. However, many different generic versions of Claritin are now available.
Generic Non-Prescription Products
With prescription drugs, generic versions of them must undergo certain tests, comparing them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generic versions are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one. However, non-prescription products (including Claritin) are regulated differently, and no generic equivalence ratings are given. Therefore, it is usually impossible to say with certainty that a "generic" non-prescription medication is completely equivalent to the brand-name product. However, the term "generic" is usually used to refer to any product that contains the same active ingredient in the same strength (and in the same form) as the brand-name product.