Prescription medications often have more than one name. The "generic" name of a medication is the drug's chemical name. The "brand name" of a medication is the name under which the drug is sold. In many cases, a medication will be sold under more than one brand name.
The other issue involving brand names and generic names is cost. The generic version of a medication is often less expensive than its brand-name counterpart. Ask your child's doctor or pharmacist whether using a generic medication is acceptable to treat your child's condition.
Below is a chart that lists a selected group of prescription medications by their generic names and some of their brand names. Scroll through the alphabetical listing of generic names in the left column to find the medication you're looking for and the brand name(s) will appear in the right column.
|Generic Names||Brand Names|
|Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine||TICE BCG|
|dextroamphetamine with amphetamine||Adderall|
|fluorouracil||Carac, Efudex, Fluoroplex|
|levonorgestrel (sustained-release rods inserted under skin)||Norplant|
|medroxyprogesterone (sustained-release injection)||Depo-Provera|
|progesterone intrauterine device (IUD)||Progestasert|
|Rh immune globulin||RhoGAM|
|tretinoin||Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro|
|varicella virus vaccine||Varivax|