(Closed) Loestrin 24Fe’s Generic Version

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was on birth control pills before with 7 inactive pills and didn’t really have a problem with it.  It wasn’t Loestrin though.

Post # 5
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Not really, the only difference I had was getting my period during the inactive pills instead of during the first week of the active pills.

Post # 7
Member
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am on the generic for LoEstrin 24FE. Honestly, it’s not quite as great (it has 7 placebos instead of 4) but my body reacts about the same. To me, the slightly longer period is worth it considering I’m saving $40/month. 

Post # 8
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t have much of a difference in length with the two, maybe a little longer.

Post # 10
Member
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was on the name brand for almost 2 years of free samples – my doctor is kick ass, haha. After that I got switched a generic I thought was the same, but was actually different and it was AWFUL. I got nauseated every morning, had cramps almost as bad as w/o the pill, etc. I dealt with it for a year before realizing it wasn’t the right generic. So I asked for the generic for LoEstrin, and have been on it 2 months. I tend to get my period about 4-5 days on it, vs 2-3 days on the name brand. I still get a little PMS-y with this, and I didn’t with the name brand. This one is called Microgestin FE, not sure if there’s more than one generic. 

Post # 12
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It sounds like your doctor just wrote “Loestrin” on the prescription instead of “Loestrin 24 FE.”  If you doctor had wrote it “Loestrin 24 FE,” the pharmacy would have had to dispense the product that has 24 active tablets.  You can always call your pharmacy to verify what the doctor wrote and ask the pharmacist if they have any recommendations or concerns about switching products.  If you are very concerned, perhaps the doctor’s office can phone in a new (correct) prescription – the pharmacy probably won’t be able to take the other medication back though.

Post # 13
Member
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m on the 7 inactive pill generic (Junel? I think?) and I like it. After about half a year on it, my periods are REALLY light. Sure, they’re not in the four day timeframe that brand-name offers, but it’s WAY better than it was before the pill.

Post # 16
Member
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yepp, that makes sense.  Loestrin 24 FE is ethinyl estradiol 0.02mg and norethidrone acetate 1mg.  The generic Loestrin 1/20 has same same ingredients (and same amounts of each) but a different number of active tablets.  You shouldn’t have any different side effects because you are actually taking the same medication.  You may notice bleeding sooner though because you don’t have those extra 3 active tablets.  You can always check with your pharmacist or physician if you have questions though!  Good luck!

 

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm

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