It is now possible to buy eszopiclone (Lunesta) in generic form. The generic version of the sleep medication comes in tablet form and is sold in three strengths. Although generic Lunesta is considered equivalent to the brand-name product, it may contain different inactive ingredients.
Eszopiclone (Lunesta®) is a prescription sleep medication that has been licensed to treat insomnia. Brand-name Lunesta is manufactured by Sepracor, Inc. Generic versions are also available.
Generic Lunesta tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Eszopiclone 1 mg
- Eszopiclone 2 mg
- Eszopiclone 3 mg.
They are made by various manufacturers, including but not limited to:
- Glenmark Generics, Inc.
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.
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 versions of Lunesta currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to the brand-name product.
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.