It is now possible to buy Arthrotec (diclofenac/misoprostol) in generic form. The generic versions come in two different strengths. Both have been assigned an "AB" rating by the FDA. This means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name version.
Can I Buy Generic Arthrotec?
Arthrotec® (diclofenac/misoprostol) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of arthritis. It contains diclofenac sodium (Voltaren®, Voltaren®-XR), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and misoprostol (Cytotec®), a medication that reduces the risk of developing ulcers from NSAID use.
- Diclofenac/misoprostol 50/200 -- which contains diclofenac 50 mg and misoprostol 200 mcg
- Diclofenac/misoprostol 75/200 -- which contains diclofenac 75 mg and misoprostol 200 mcg.
It is sold by manufacturers such as Greenstone LLC and Watson Laboratories, Inc. The version marketed by Greenstone LLC is actually an “authorized generic,” meaning that it is the actual brand-name medication that is just packaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Arthrotec in every way (it is even made by Pfizer), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.
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 Arthrotec versions currently available have an “AB” rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Arthrotec.