Generic Nasacort AQ
The steroid medication Nasacort AQ (triamcinolone nasal spray) now comes in generic form, in addition to being sold as a brand-name drug. All generic versions have been given an "AB" rating by the FDA, which means they are considered equivalent to Nasacort AQ. In fact, one of the generic versions is actually just brand-name Nasacort AQ that has been repackaged and sold by a different manufacturer.
Nasacort AQ® (triamcinolone nasal spray) is a prescription medication used to treat nasal allergies (known medically as allergic rhinitis). It belongs to a group of medications known as corticosteroids (or simply "steroids" for short). It can be used in adults and children as young as six years old.
Brand-name Nasacort AQ is manufactured by sanofi-aventis. However, it is also available in generic form.
Generic Nasacort AQ comes in one strength, containing 120 sprays in each bottle, with 55 mcg of medication in each spray.
It is made by manufacturers such as:
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Winthrop U.S., a division of sanofi-aventis.
The version made by Winthrop is actually an "authorized generic," meaning that it is the actual brand-name medication that is just repackaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Nasacort in every way (it is even made by sanofi-aventis), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.
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" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. Generic triamcinolone nasal spray has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Nasacort AQ.
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.