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Is there a generic version of sumatriptan?

Sumatriptan is the main ingredient in the brand name drugs Imitrex, Sumavel and Alsuma. Imitrex is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, and generic versions have been sold under the name sumatriptan since 1995 when its patent expired.

Generic sumatriptan tablets are available in three oral strengths: 25, 50 and 100 mg. The generic injection is available in strengths of 4 mg. per 0.5 ml. and 6 mg. per 0.5 ml.  Sumatriptan nasal spray is available in strengths of 5 and 20 mg. per actuation.The needle-free injection of Sumavel is available as a strength of 6 mg. per 0.5 ml. and uses pressure to distribute medication just under the skin. However, the generic version of Sumavel is not yet available. Its patent is set to expire in July 2014. Alsuma is also available as a 6 mg. per 0.5 ml. injection and its generic is not available at this time. 

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