All of the patents for Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) have expired, and there are generic versions of the medication available. Generic Ceftin is available in the form of tablets or an oral suspension (liquid). The FDA has assigned these generics an "AB" rating, meaning they are considered equivalent to the brand-name medication. However, generic medications may contain different inactive ingredients than the brand-name drug.
Can I Buy Generic Ceftin?Ceftin® (cefuroxime axetil) is a prescription antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as cephalosporins. Ceftin comes in the form of tablets and an oral suspension (liquid).
Brand-name Ceftin tablets and suspension are made by GlaxoSmithKline. The patents for these medications have expired, and they are available in generic form.
Availability of Generic CeftinLike the brand-name medication, generic Ceftin tablets are available in the following two strengths:
- Cefuroxime axetil 250 mg tablets
- Cefuroxime axetil 500 mg tablets.
At this time, one generic manufacturer (Ranbaxy) has approval for a generic version of Ceftin suspension. However, pharmacies seem to be having difficulty obtaining this product, for unknown reasons.
- Apotex Corporation
- Aurobindo Pharma
- Greenstone Limited
- UDL Laboratories, Inc.
- Wockhardt USA, Inc.
Is Generic Cefuroxime Axetil as Good as Ceftin?
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" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All generic cefuroxime axetil products currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to brand-name Ceftin.
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.