There is currently a generic version of colyte (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution). It comes in one strength and form, and is considered equivalent to brand-name colyte in effectiveness. However, as a generic drug, it is allowed to contain different inactive ingredients than the brand-name version, and this could be problematic for people with certain sensitivities.
colyte is made by Schwarz Pharma, Inc., for Alaven, Pharmaceutical, LLC. The patents for this medication have expired, and it is available as a generic.
Generic colyte is available in one strength and form -- as Polyethylene Glycol 3350 and Electrolytes for Oral Solution. The product is available in bottles that contain 240 grams of polyethylene glycol 3350 and electrolytes (sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and sodium sulfate) in powder form, which is mixed with water to make a four-liter solution.
Who Makes Generic Colyte?
Generic colyte manufacturers include Kremers Urban, LLC, and Novel Laboratories, Inc.
Is Generic Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution as Good as Colyte?
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 "AA" rating means that the FDA does not expect there to be any problems with the generic version being equivalent to the brand-name product. All of the generic versions of colyte currently available have an "AA" rating, meaning they should be equivalent.
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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution. Drug Facts and Comparisons. Drug Facts and Comparisons 4.0 [online]. 2009. Available from Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Accessed December 8, 2010.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed December 8, 2010.
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