Generic Tussionex

At this time, a generic version of Tussionex (hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex) is available. The FDA has given the generic version an "AB" rating, which means it is considered equivalent to the brand-name drug.

Can I Buy Generic Tussionex?

Tussionex® Pennkinetic® (hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex) is a prescription medication approved for treating a cough and upper respiratory symptoms of allergies and the common cold. It is a combination of two medications: hydrocodone (a narcotic cough suppressant) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine).
Brand-name Tussionex is made by UCB Manufacturing, Inc., for UCB, Inc. However, it is also available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Tussionex

At this time, generic Tussionex is made by various manufacturers, such as:
  • Tris Pharma, Inc., for Par Pharmaceutical Company, Inc.
  • Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Generic Tussionex is sold under the name "hydrocodone polistirex and chlorpheniramine polistirex extended-release suspension." This will likely be shortened by your pharmacist in order to fit on a standard prescription label.


Is the Generic Version as Good as Tussionex?

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. The generic version of Tussionex has an "AB" rating, which means it should be equivalent to Tussionex.
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.
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