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Two companies currently make a generic version of Solaraze Gel (diclofenac gel). The FDA has determined that these products are equivalent to the brand-name drug. In fact, one company's product is actually brand-name Solaraze Gel that has been relabeled as a generic. However, these medications can contain different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medicine, which may cause problems for people with certain allergies or sensitivities.

Is a Generic Version of Solaraze Gel Available?

Solaraze® Gel (diclofenac gel) is a prescription medication approved to treat actinic keratosis, a type of precancerous skin lesion. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is applied directly to the affected skin twice daily.
Brand-name Solaraze Gel is made by PharmaDerm, a division of Nycomed US, Inc. Generic versions are also available.

Availability of Generic Solaraze Gel

Generic Solaraze Gel is available in one strength: Diclofenac 3% gel. It is made by manufacturers such as:
  • Global Pharmaceuticals
  • Sandoz, Inc.
The version made by Sandoz is actually an "authorized generic," meaning that it is the actual brand-name medication that is just packaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Solaraze Gel in every way (it is even made by the same company), except it comes in a tube with a generic name.

Is Generic Diclofenac Gel as Good as Solaraze Gel?

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 a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic versions of Solaraze Gel currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Solaraze Gel.
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. 
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