Now that Lunesta (eszopiclone) has gone generic, lots of people have questions about the generic version. For starters, be aware that generic Lunesta comes in tablet form and is sold in three strengths. It is made by Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Glenmark Generics, Inc., and other companies.
Lunesta® (eszopiclone) is a prescription medication that has been licensed as a sleep medication to treat insomnia. Brand-name Lunesta is manufactured by Sepracor, Inc. It is also available in generic form.
Generic Lunesta tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Eszopiclone 1 mg
- Eszopiclone 2 mg
- Eszopiclone 3 mg.
They are made by various manufacturers, including but not limited to:
- Glenmark Generics, Inc.
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.
Is Generic Eszopiclone as Good as Lunesta?
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 Lunesta currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to the brand-name product.
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.