Verapamil Generic

Verapamil Generic Overview

Verapamil/Verapamil SR is the generic name for Calan, Calan SR, Covera HS, Isoptin SR, Verelan, and Verelan PM.

That means that various manufacturers manufacture and market Verapamil under various brand names. The branded version of Verapamil became available as a generic in 1986 and the extended release version of Verapamil first became available as a generic in 2007. 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 Verapamil 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 Verapamil, than they do for branded drugs.

There are many manufacturers of generic Verapamil. They include Watson, Mylan, and Ivax. Generic Verapamil 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 Calan, Calan SR, Covera HS, Isoptin SR, Verelan, and Verelan PM or by the generic name in this case, Verapamil.

Is Generic Verapamil the same as Calan, Calan SR, Covera HS, Isoptin SR, Verelan, and Verelan PM?

Generic drugs, including generic Verapamil 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.

Generic forms of Verapamil are widely used in the United States.

 

Is Verapamil available as a generic?

Yes Verapamil and Verapamil SR have been available for several years from multiple manufacturers as AB rated generic formulations under the following generic names and doses:

  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet; Oral 40 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet; Oral 80 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet; Oral 120 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet, Extended Release; Oral 120mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet, Extended Release; Oral 180mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet, Extended Release; Oral 240mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule, Extended Release; Oral 100 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule, Extended Release; Oral 120 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule, Extended Release; Oral 180 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule, Extended Release; Oral 200 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule, Extended Release; Oral 240 mg
  • Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule, Extended Release; Oral 300 mg

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010.
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