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Are there generic versions of allergy and sinus medications?

Most allergy and sinus medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, are available as generics. For example, many antihistamines and nasal decogestants are available in generic form, for example:
  • chlorpheniramine is the generic of Chlor-Trimeton;
  • diphenhydramine is the generic of Benadryl;
  • loratadine is the generic of Claritin;
  • cetirizine is the generic of Zyrtec;
  • pseudoephedrine if the generic of Sudafed;
  • phenylephrine is the generic of Sudafed PE
However, some newer prescription allergy and sinus medications do not yet have a generic equivalent. For example, Clarinex is the brand medication with active ingredient desloratadine, but desloratadine is not available as a generic yet. If you are taking a brand-name medication for allergy and sinus, you can ask your pharmacist if there is a generic version available.

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