Imitrex Generic : an introduction
Sumatriptan is the generic name for Imitrex. That means that the brand name from the first manufacturer of sumatriptan was Imitrex and it was made and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. The branded version of Imitrex became available as a generic in 2009. 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 Imitrex 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 Imitrex, than they do for branded drugs.
There are many manufacturers of generic Imitrex. They include Teva, Sandoz, Mylan, Roxane Par and others. Generic Imitrex is widely available and is included in the discounted generic 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 Imitrex or by the generic name in this case, sumatriptan.
Is Generic Sumatriptan the same as Imitrex?
Generic drugs, including generic Imitrex 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.
Generic forms of Imitrex are widely used in the U.S.
Is Imitrex available as a generic?
Yes. The tablet and injectable forms of Imitrex are available from various manufacturers under the following generic names:
Sumatriptan succinate tablets, 25 mg
Sumatriptan succinate tablets, 50 mg
Sumatriptan succinate tablets, 100 mg
Imitrex Injection (single dose vials):
Sumatriptan succinate injection, 4 mg (base)/0.5 ml
Sumatriptan succinate injection, 6 mg (base)/0.5 ml
Imitrex Injection Syringe (8 mg/ml and 12 mg/ml)
Sumatriptan succinate injection (pre-filled syringe) 4 mg (base)/0.5 ml
Sumatriptan succinate injection (pre-filled syringe) 6 mg (base)/0.5 ml
How Widely Used is Imitrex?
Imitrex is a market leader in a class of drugs (triptans) that are commonly used to treat migraine.
Each year, millions prescriptions are written for Imitrex in the US. Imitrex has been on the market in the US since 1991.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.