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Generic Nitrolingual

Because the patent has expired for Nitrolingual, generic versions are now available. They come in the same strength and forms of the brand-name version. In addition, although they are comparable in terms of effectiveness, the generic versions may be cheaper.

Is a Generic Version of Nitrolingual Available?

Nitrolingual® Pumpspray (nitroglycerin spray) is a prescription mouth spray used to treat chest pain (angina). It belongs to a group of medications known as nitrates. This product is mostly used to relieve angina attacks, although it can also be used right before certain activities that are likely to produce chest pain.
Nitrolingual is made by Pohl-Boskamp GmbH & Co. KG for Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The patent for Nitrolingual expired in March 2011, and it is available in generic form.

Available Forms

Generic Nitrolingual (sold under the name Nitroglycerin Lingual Spray) comes in one strength (400 mcg per spray), just like the brand-name version. It comes in the same two bottle sizes as well: 60 or 200 doses.
Generic Nitrolingual is made by various manufacturers, such as:
  • Perrigo
  • Wilshire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

Is Generic Nitroglycerin Lingual Spray as Good as Nitrolingual?

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 nitroglycerin lingual spray currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Nitrolingual.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, preservatives, or other substances that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
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Nitrolingual Spray Information

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