Generic Paxil CR
You can now buy Paxil CR as a brand-name or generic drug. The generic version comes in three strengths and is sold by Apotex Corporation and Mylan Pharmaceuticals.
Paxil CR® (paroxetine controlled release) is a medication that has been licensed to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Brand-name Paxil CR is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. However, the patent for this medicine has expired and it is now available in generic form.
Generic Paxil CR tablets come in the following strengths:
- Paroxetine hydrochloride extended-release 12.5 mg
- Paroxetine hydrochloride extended-release 25 mg
- Paroxetine hydrochloride extended-release 37.5 mg.
This drug is sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Apotex Corporation. The version made by Apotex is an "authorized generic," which means it is actually the brand-name version (made by GlaxoSmithKline) but is packaged and sold as a generic.
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.
The Mylan version has an "AB" rating, meaning it should be equivalent to Paxil CR. The Apotex version has not been given a rating, since it is actually the brand-name product packaged and sold as a generic.