Zyrtec-D is currently available in generic form. As with brand-name Zyrtec-D, generic versions of the drug are available in just one strength -- Cetirizine and Pseudoephedrine 12 Hour tablets. Generic Zyrtec-D is made by two manufacturers at this time, but it is likely that more manufacturers will also make generic versions of this product.
Zyrtec-D® (cetirizine and pseudoephedrine) is a non-prescription medication approved to treat allergies. It contains two different medications: cetirizine (an antihistamine) and pseudoephedrine (a decongestant). Zyrtec-D was originally a prescription-only product, but was switched to a non-prescription status.
Brand-name Zyrtec-D is manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare. However, generic versions of Zyrtec-D are also available.
Like brand-name Zyrtec-D, generic versions are available in just one strength -- Cetirizine and Pseudoephedrine 12 Hour tablets, with 5 mg of cetirizine and 120 mg of pseudoephedrine sulfate per tablet.
Currently, generic Zyrtec-D is made by the following manufacturers:
- Sandoz Pharmaceuticals
- Teva Pharmaceuticals.
It is likely that many more manufacturers will also make generic versions of this product.
It is important to understand that there are no guarantees that the generic versions of over-the-counter drugs will be the same as the brand-name drugs. With prescription drugs, generic medications must undergo certain tests comparing them to brand-name medications. The 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 Zyrtec-D) are regulated differently, and no generic equivalence ratings are given.
Therefore, it is often 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.