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Generic Lidoderm

A generic version of the Lidoderm patch (lidocaine patch) is now available. It is available in the same strength as the brand-name medication. Although the active ingredient in generic Lidoderm is the same as the brand-name version, the inactive ingredients may vary, which may cause problems for people with certain allergies or sensitivities.

Can I Buy a Generic Lidoderm Patch?

The Lidoderm® patch (lidocaine patch) is a prescription pain medication. It is an anesthetic that comes in patch form and is approved for treating the pain that sometimes occurs after a case of shingles (this pain is known as postherpetic neuralgia).
The Lidoderm patch is made by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. However, the medication is also available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Lidoderm

Generic Lidoderm is available in one strength: Lidocaine 5% patches. It is made by Actavis, Inc. (also known as Watson Pharmaceuticals).

Are Generic Lidocaine Patches as Good as Lidoderm?

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. All of the generic Lidoderm versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Lidoderm.
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.
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