It is now possible to buy Caduet (amlodipine and atorvastatin) in generic form in the United States. The generic version comes in 10 strengths and is made by companies such as Ranbaxy and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Although the generic version is considered equivalent to the brand-name product, keep in mind that generic versions can contain different inactive ingredients.
Caduet® (amlodipine and atorvastatin) is a prescription product that combines two different medications: amlodipine (Norvasc®) and atorvastatin (Lipitor®). Brand-name Caduet is made by Pfizer, Inc. However, generic versions are also available.
Generic Caduet is available in the following strengths:
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 2.5/10 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 2.5/20 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 2.5/40 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 5/10 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 5/20 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 5/80 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 10/10 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 10/20 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 10/40 mg
- Amlodipine/atorvastatin 10/80 mg.
It is made by manufacturers such as:
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, 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 Caduet versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Caduet.
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.