Differences between Generic Valtrex and Name Brand Valtrex
Valtrex is one of the most popular medications used in the treatment of herpes conditions. While the name brand of this medication is probably most familiar to consumers thanks to the commercials, a generic version of the drug is also available and may be available to patients in need of the treatment but at a more affordable price. Below is a comparison between the brand name and the generic versions of this medication.
Similarities Between the Versions
Before delving into the differences between the versions, comparing the similarities is also a good idea. Both the generic and the name brand, which is distributed by GlaxoSmithKline, contain the same active ingredient: Valacyclovir. This ingredient is an anti-viral drug which becomes more active when it enters the body. The amounts of this active ingredient in both versions of the medications will not vary.
The effectiveness of the medications, including how quickly they begin working, must be the same between both versions. That means regardless of whether one chooses to use the name brand (Valtrex) or the generic (Valacyclovir) the benefits should not vary.
The most notable difference between the two versions of the medication is the price. According to online comparisons, ninety 1 gram pills of the generic version of the medication costs less than $200. The same amount of brand name Valtrex would cost more than $1,200.
In addition to the price differences, some changes in the inactive ingredients are required by law because the two medications cannot be identical. The color and markings of the tablets, for example, may differ. However, the inactive ingredients will not affect the effectiveness of the medication.
The bottom line is that the generic version of Valtrex provides the same health benefits but at a much more affordable price.