Generic versions of Lexapro (escitalopram) tablets and liquid are now available. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has assigned "AB" and "AA" ratings to these medications, which means that they are considered equivalent to brand-name Lexapro.
Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) is a prescription medicine that is licensed to treat depression in adults and adolescents (age 12 to 17 years of age), and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults. It is part of a group of antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Brand-name Lexapro is manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals. However, the first patent for this medication has expired, and the drug is now available in generic form.
Generic Lexapro tablets are available in three strengths:
- Escitalopram 5 mg
- Escitalopram 10 mg
- Escitalopram 20 mg.
The liquid form of Lexapro is also available in generic form: Escitalopram oral solution 5 mg per 5 mL (equal to 5 mg per teaspoonful).
Generic Lexapro is made by various companies, such as:
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA.
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" or "AA" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic versions of Lexapro currently available have an "AB" rating (for the tablets) or "AA" rating (for the liquid), meaning they should be equivalent to Lexapro.
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.