Delestrogen (estradiol valerate) is currently available as a generic. The FDA has assigned an "AO" rating to generic Delestrogen, meaning the generic version of the medication is equivalent to the brand-name medication. However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients, such as fillers or dyes, which can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
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Delestrogen® (estradiol valerate) is a prescription estrogen hormone replacement medication. It is approved for the following uses:
- Treating menopausal symptoms, such as night sweats, hot flashes, and vaginal symptoms
- Reducing the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer
- Replacing hormones in younger women whose ovaries do not produce enough estrogen.
Delestrogen is made by JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC. The patents for Delestrogen have expired, and generic Delestrogen is currently available.
At this time, generic Delestrogen is made by Sandoz, a major manufacturer of generic medications.
Generic Delestrogen comes in the following strengths:
- Estradiol valerate 10 mg/mL -- 5 mL vials, with 10 mg of estradiol valerate per mL
- Estradiol valerate 20 mg/mL -- 5 mL vials, with 20 mg of estradiol valerate per mL
- Estradiol valerate 40 mg/mL -- 5 mL vials, with 40 mg of estradiol valerate per mL.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the generic version of Delestrogen an "AO" rating, meaning that there is no reason to suspect that it should be any different from brand-name Delestrogen. It is easier to make generic injectable medications that are completely equivalent to their brand-name counterparts, compared to tablets or other dosage forms.
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.