Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Hi fellow bees. I have been on Loestrin 24 Fe for 7 years. I have never tried any other pill because this one is fantastic! Well, I went to pick up my refill before I leave for the honeymoon and without any warning from my OB/GYN or the pharmacy, I was given a different pill because Loestrin 24 Fe has been discontinued!!!
The replacement is Minastrin 24 Fe, a chewable tablet made by the same manufacturer, and supposedly is nearly identical to its predecessor. Why the change? Something about the manufacturer being sued for not allowing anyone to make a generic version of it. Turns out this has been in the works since June 2012 and was approved by the FDA in April 2013. It’s apparently hitting shelves now because social networks are blowing up with posts from other women who were randomly switched with no notice whatsoever.
What the H-E-double hockey sticks???!! This is unacceptable to me! I tried calling my doctor and they’re not answering the phone. I’m about to the leave the country for 2 weeks! I feel very uncomfortable about taking a new pill without having any idea how my body will react. Similarly, I’m slightly afraid to stop taking the pill because I used to have horrible cramps before starting birth control pills. The last thing I want is to be in pain on my honeymoon.
Is this happening to anyone else? Were you given notice? I’d love to hear your stories! As for me, I’m going to take it as a sign from God that I don’t belong on birth control anymore. Maybe we’ll be blessed with a honeymoon conception!
Post # 3
@Christy42213: I refilled my scrip at Walgreens… they hadn’t refilled it for like 4 days, so I finally called them asking what was up. Pharmacist told me they discontinued it. I called my Doc, he didn’t even know that it got discontinued. So he switched me to Microgestin 1/20 (not sure if this is the generic of Minastrin)… which is 3 straight weeks of pills, one whole week off. Not sure if it’s better than Loestrin, but I am about to finish my first pack.
P.S. Pharmacist told me that Minastrin has the same exact ingredients as Loestrin.
Post # 4
I read about this in a different post on the bee, tried to find more and then couldn’t. I’ve been on Loesterin 24 FE for the last two years and have tried to generic (sort of) brands, microgestin and Junen (or whatever it’s called) and didn’t like either of those two to be honest. I run out next month and have an appointment with my obgyn. I’m waiting to see when they tell me it’s been discontinued because so far, they haven’t. Not cool.
Also, chewable? That seems really odd.
Post # 5
They have cut all manufacturing of microgestin too. My pharmacy just told me one day that I could not longer get microgestin. They put me on Junel Fe and I had HORRIBLE side effect. I didn’t feel like myself at all. I am now on Gildess Fe, and I’m really hoping it doesn’t get discontinued too.
Post # 6
@Christy42213: As long as the ingredients are the same, they’re allowed to do substitutes like this. I was on Yaz for a long time and once the generic came out, the pharmacy automatically swithced me (because insurance will only cover name brand if a generic isn’t available). It’s a little nerve racking when your Rx gets switched without your doctor telling you, but your physician has no way of tracking these changes unless you tell them. If it were me, I’d take the substitute until I was able to talk to/see my doctor. If you have no other health issues that the switch would be problematic, it’s really no big deal. It’s not like they’re changing up a heart medication or something with a more serious possible consequence.
Neither you nor your doc will know how you will react ot the new pill until you take it. It doesn’t change the fact that your old pill is no longer available, so you’re being offered the closest possible alternative.
Post # 7
That sucks… I was on Lo Ovral 28 about two years ago? and it was recalled due to extra placebo pills being added. I loved the stuff! So my doctor put me on another brand that destroyed my sex drive and I gained weight with it.
Anyways…If you did decide to go off make sure you finish the pack and you will be fine until your next cycle! I can’t say anything about trying another pill… I felt really wonky for a few days when starting a new brand. It wasn’t uncontrollable, but enough to make me uncomfortable in my own skin.
Post # 8
Im a pharm tech, and trust me we were just as surpised as anyone else with the pill being pulled from the market without notice. It has many many people upset about it. Good luck finding a pill that will replace it and work equally well for you!
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Thanks for all the comments. I’ve decided that I’m going to stop taking birth control entirely. We want to start a family soon anyway, and my husband supports my decision. So, goodbye daily 7pm reminder alarm!
Post # 10
@Glados: Ugh, what? Microgestin is my bcp. Guess I will have to find a new one as well….
Post # 11
I was on loestrin 24 fe and my insurance made it super expensive. instead i filled Gildess fe 1/20. Same strength, the only difference is that the pack has 7 inactive pills instead of 4. I get my pills 3 months at a time so I have a pack reserved to just use the active pills, so every month, I take 3 active pills out of it to essentially make it my old birth control rx. It works exactly the same and it’s free!
Post # 12
Oh man that sucks! I used to take loestrin 24 and it was great! But then they stopped their coupon that made it 24 dollars a month… and it went up to like 50 dollars a month so i had to switch to a generic version but that wasn’t a 24 day pill… so my doctor put me on Junel on a 3 month plan but i got a lot of break through bleeding so she switched me to sprintec on a 3 month instead… and i can’t wait to get off! I was thinking about going back on loestrin 24 but apparently now i can’t. That sucks! But hey maybe i’ll luck out and they’ll start making a generic!
Post # 13
@Christy42213: the weird thing is, my pharmacy has always filled mine as Junel, and never gave me the Loestrin. i guess it was because they were having issues getting it or something, i never really asked.
Post # 14
I know you said you are off Bc now, but I just wanted to say I had my insurance company call me and tell me this. But I had actually found out sooner from a bee. They gave me a script for Minastrin, so as soon as I get my period I’ll be taking it. I hope it’s the same as Loestrin too. That pill was great.
Post # 15
@Glados: The chewable part kinda scares me too. I literally read every page of that book the script comes with to see if we don’t have to chew it. It says chew it then have a full 8 oz of water. I’m horrible with drinking water. I’ll never be able to drink all of that every night at 9 before I go to bed. My doctor claims this pill is excellent and exactly what loestrin was.
Post # 16
@Glados: is the Loestrin 24 Fe the same as : Lo Loestrin Fe ? Im taking the later and wondering if you guys are refereing to the same pill.