Generic Reclast

A few different companies make generic versions of Reclast (zoledronic acid). Although the generic versions are considered equivalent to the brand-name drug, they might contain different inactive ingredients that could cause problems for some people.

Reclast Generic: An Overview

Reclast® (zoledronic acid) is a medication approved to treat Paget's disease of bone. It is also approved to treat osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women and to prevent or treat osteoporosis due to glucocorticoid steroid medications. It is available by prescription only and is given by IV (intravenously). Reclast belongs to a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. It is made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Reclast is available in generic form.

Availability of Generic Reclast

Generic Reclast is available in one strength: Zoledronic acid 5 mg, in 100-mL ready-to-use bottles. It is made by manufacturers such as:
  • Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
  • Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Is Generic Zoledronic Acid as Good as Reclast?

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 "AP" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic Reclast versions currently available have an "AP" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to the brand-name product.
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.
Also, note that zoledronic acid 4 mg (in 5-mL vials or 100-mL bottles) is not equivalent to Reclast. These products are generic versions of Zometa®, a medication used in people with cancer.
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