Fioricet Generic: an introduction
Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine is the generic name for Fioricet. That means that the brand name from the first manufacturer of Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine was Fioricet and it was made and marketed by Novartis. In addition to Fioricet generic, other branded medications containing the same ingredients as Fioricet are available. Each branded prescription drug also has a generic name, which you will often see in parenthesis following the brand name.
When the patent exclusivity for a brand name product expires, often times multiple generic manufactures seek approval from the FDA to manufacture and sell generic versions of the branded drug. When a drug like Fioricet becomes generic it is typical for the generic products to be priced much lower than the branded product. As such, most insurance plans offer lower patient co-pays for generic drugs, like Fioricet, than they do for branded drugs.
There are several manufacturers of generic Fioricet.. They include Prescript and Southwood. Other brand name drugs containing the same ingredients (in different strengths in some cases) as Fioricet brands are widely available and are included in the discounted programs of many pharmacies.
Even though a prescription drug has a generic name, this does not always mean it is available in a generic form at the pharmacy. Often prescription medicines are referred to either by their brand name (only one manufacturer holds the exclusive right to make and market the product using the brand name) like Fioricet or by the generic name in this case butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine
Is Generic Fioricet the same as the Brand?
Generic drugs, including generic Fioricet and alternately branded versions of Fioricet are not exactly the same as the original branded drug, although they are very similar and are widely viewed to be as effective as their branded counterparts. To learn more about the difference between branded prescription medications and generics, visit the Generic versus brand name section of our drug basics section.
Is Fioricet available as a generic?
Yes. Several manufacturers produce generic versions of Fioricet. Additionally, ,medications with the same ingredients (sometimes at different strengths) as Fioricet have been available for many years from multiple manufacturers.
Currently available formulations of Fioricet (or other brands) include:
- Acetaminophen 300 mg /Butalbital 50mg /Caffeine 40 mg Capsule: Oral
- Acetaminophen 325 mg /Butalbital 50mg /Caffeine 40 mg Capsule: Oral
- Acetaminophen 500 mg /Butalbital 50mg /Caffeine 40 mg Capsule: Oral
- Acetaminophen 750 mg /Butalbital 50mg /Caffeine 40 mg Capsule: Oral
- Acetaminophen 325mg /Butalbital 50mg /Caffeine 40 mg Capsule: Oral Solution /15 ml
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.