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Several companies currently produce generic Ativan, including Ivax Corporation and Baxter Healthcare. The generic medicine is available in tablet, liquid, and injection forms. All of the generic versions have an "AB" or "AP" rating, which means that they should be equivalent to brand-name Ativan.

An Overview of Generic Ativan

Ativan® (lorazepam) is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety. It is part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines.
Ativan is currently made by Biovail Pharmaceuticals. However, it has since come off patent and is available as a generic.

Generic Strengths

Generic Ativan tablets are available in the following strengths:
  • Lorazepam 0.5 mg
  • Lorazepam 1 mg
  • Lorazepam 2 mg.
A generic liquid version of Ativan is available, and a generic Ativan injection is also available.

Who Makes It?

Generic Ativan is made by the following companies:
  • Hospira Worldwide
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Akorn, Inc.
  • Bedford Laboratories
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Ivax Corporation
  • Actavis Elizabeth
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Sandoz Pharmaceuticals
  • Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Apotheca
  • Mutual Pharmaceutical
  • Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals.

Is Generic Lorazepam as Good as Ativan?

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 each generic a rating. An "AB" or "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic lorazepam versions currently available have an "AB" or "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Ativan.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than their brand-name versions. These inactive ingredients might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
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