Post # 1
Just had my annual lady doctor check up, and despite the normal discomfort that comes with a pap smear and looking at how much I actually weigh on a medical, calibrated scale (yikes, y’all! I need to get my butt into gear!), my doctor suggested trying out a new BCP.
The one I’m on now works fine, but isn’t the generic covered by my pharmacist/insurance. So we’re switching over from one that was $75/3 months to one that is $15/3 months. It didn’t occur to me until after I left that this may have not been a good idea.
Has anyone had strange side effects switching from one BC to another?
Five months before the wedding may not be the best time to alter a medication that could make me gain weight like crazy/make me hormonally nuts. Should I call back and have them switch my BCPs back to the tried-and-true (but expensive!) ones I was on?
Anyone have any advice with this? Horror stories? Reassurances?
Post # 4
Five months is enough time to adjust. It usually just takes a couple months for your body to adjust to the change in hormones.
Post # 5
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Ok, cool. I figured I was just overreacting. I just needed a little reassurance 😀
Post # 6
I have lots of problems finding the right BCP, with terrible side effects for the wrong one. Even I’d consider changing 5 months out if the current pill wasn’t working for me.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t. Even switching to the generic of Yaz made me a super crazy person. I was mean to everyone.
Post # 8
If it’s the same amount and the same drug, it shouldn’t be an issue. I’ve switched back and forth between 2 brands simply because one pharmacy didn’t carry my usual brand.
I wouldn’t feel comfortable switching to something different close to my wedding.
Post # 9
Yeah, the drug is switching entirely, not between name brand and generic. Uhoh.
Post # 10
5 months should be enough time. That gives you time to see if you react poorly to the new type and, if so, to switch back to your tried and true.
I’ve had some really bad reactions to switching BC pills before (even between name brand and generic of the same type) but I wouldn’t be worried about 5 months out.
Post # 11
@LizLemon: 5 months should be enough time, I’ve heard you usually take 3 months to adjust.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I’ve been on 5 different types of BC over the years, and honestly– I’ve never noticed any side effects when switching between them. The only thing that even came close was after I got my first depo shot– I freaked out because my period came about a week late, and I was convinced I was preggo; but of course, on day 6, it started and everything was completely normal. I don’t think it’ll be an issue.
Post # 14
I think 5 months is enough time to adjust.
Post # 15
Thanks for all these responses! And @MrsBostonTerrier: DO YOU HAVE A BOSTON TERRIER/LIVE IN THE NOLA METRO AREA? So do I! 😀
Post # 16
@LizLemon: AHHH! I have two Boston Terriers! 😀 And I live in Metairie!