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Generic Betagan

As all of the patents for Betagan (levobunolol) have expired, generic versions of the eye drops are currently available. Generic Betagan eye drops are available in two strengths, 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent solutions. The FDA has assigned the generic versions an "AT" rating, meaning that these generics are equivalent to the brand-name medication.

Is a Generic Version of Betagan Available?

Betagan® (levobunolol hydrochloride) is a prescription eye drop approved for the treatment of glaucoma and high eye pressure. Betagan is a beta blocker.
Brand-name Betagan is manufactured by Allergan, Inc. However, the patents for Betagan have expired, and this medication is currently available in generic form.

Strengths of Generic Betagan

Generic Betagan eye drops are available in the following strengths:
  • Levobunolol 0.25 percent
  • Levobunolol 0.5 percent.

Who Makes the Generic Versions?

Generic Betagan is made by a few different companies, including:
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Falcon Pharmaceuticals.

Is Generic Levobunolol as Good as Betagan?

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 then assigns each generic a rating. An "AT" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic levobunolol versions currently available have an "AT" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Betagan.
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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