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Medication Chart

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
ciprofloxacin Cipro
clomipramine Anafranil
desmopressin DDAVP, Stimate
dextroamphetamine Dexedrine
dextroamphetamine with amphetamine Adderall
efavirenz Sustiva
eflornithine Vaniqa
epinephrine kit EpiPen
fluorouracil Carac, Efudex, Fluoroplex
fluoxetine Prozac
fluvoxamine Luvox
haloperidol Haldol
isotretinoin Accutane
levonorgestrel (sustained-release rods inserted under skin) Norplant
medroxyprogesterone Provera
medroxyprogesterone (sustained-release injection) Depo-Provera
meperidine Demerol
methylphenidate Concerta, Ritalin
minoxidil Rogaine
paroxetine Paxil
phenytoin Dilantin
pimozide Orap
progesterone intrauterine device (IUD) Progestasert
Rh immune globulin RhoGAM
saquinavir Fortovase, Invirase
sertraline Zoloft
tretinoin Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro
varicella virus vaccine Varivax
zanamivir Relenza
zidovudine (AZT) Retrovir


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