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Generic Valium comes as tablets, an oral liquid, and an injection. The tablet form of the drug comes in three strengths -- 2 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. Some of the companies that manufacture generic Valium include Barr Laboratories, Hospira, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. The FDA has given all generic versions of diazepam (the active ingredient in Valium) an "AB" or "AP" rating, which means that they should be just as good as the brand-name medicine.

An Overview of Generic Valium

Valium® (diazepam) is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, and seizures. It is part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines.
Valium is currently made by Roche Products, Inc. However, it has since come off patent and is available as a generic.

Strengths of Generic Valium

Generic Valium tablets are available in the following strengths:
  • Diazepam 2 mg
  • Diazepam 5 mg
  • Diazepam 10 mg.
Generic Valium is also available as an oral liquid and an injection.

Who Makes Generic Valium?

Generic Valium is made by the following companies:
  • Apotheca
  • Barr Laboratories
  • Baxter Healthcare Corp.
  • Hospira
  • Ivax Pharmaceuticals
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Parenta Pharmaceuticals
  • Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
  • Roxane Laboratories
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Is Generic Diazepam as Good as Valium?

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 diazepam versions currently available have an "AB" or "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Valium.
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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