(Closed) Anyone on Generic BC?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I am! I’m on the generic version of Alesse!

I was nervous about switching to generic too, but my doctor assured me that it is exactly the same in every way. I’ve been taking it for 5 months now with no problems and I’m saving a lot of money! πŸ™‚

Post # 4
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I was on brand ortho tri-cyclen for ages, then got switched to generic randomly since my health insurance decided they didn’t want to cover the brand anymore. There wasn’t even a blip in my concerns radar. It’s the same stuff, just without the brand name. I eventually got switched back to brand because, again, my health insurance company is apparently a bunch of morons. Side affects and potency were all the same for me.

Post # 5
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’m on Loestrin24Fe, too, and I’m so thankful that my insurance makes it affordable because there is no direct generic. There’s a generic for Loestrin, but not the 24 active-pill Loestrin24Fe. Or at least, last time I checked (January).

However, I know tons of ladies on generic versions and they do just fine. It may just take a bit of getting used to. Good luck hun!

Post # 6
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m on a generic! Its exactly the same, you just save money (:

Don’t be nervous, same active ingrdients! 

Post # 7
14491 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont know if its a generic or what but Im on aviane, I pay $14 every 3 months.  It’s a low dosage and it’s been ok for me.  Sometimes when I try to skip to a 5th or 6th week (skip sugar pill and go through two active packs), I get breakthrough until I finally get to the sugar week.  Lately I’ve gotten breakthrough week 2 and 3… doc says its normal and I may just need a stronger dosage.  No other side effects or weight gain or anything though.

Post # 8
1306 posts
Bumble bee

I used to take generic Ortho.  My OBGYN said the only difference was in the “fillers.”  So, I took that as the active ingrediants were basically the same, but the other stuff (technical, I know lol) was different.  She said that some people react differently to different fillers.  I didn’t notice a difference.  Except in my wallet lol!!

Post # 10
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have been on a generic for ages. It is just SO much cheaper! I’ve never had any problem in 3+ years.

Post # 11
20 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m on a generic as well. I’m very happy with it. Really.. drug companies pay BIG money to make sure you’ve heard of THEIR brand name, and people in general don’t want the stuff “they’ve never heard of before.” If your doctor thinks its fine then don’t worry about it πŸ™‚

Post # 12
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@SunnyBunny:  I was on Loesterine 24 as well. At the time, there was no 24 day generic, only 21. What I ended up doing was going on a 21 day generic ($14 for 3 month supply) and then taking 3 additional “active” pills each month from a sample of Loesterine that my Dr would give me. So I still got the benefit of a 3 period without having to pay full price for Loesterine 24.


Post # 13
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m on Aviane which is a generic of Alesse.  It has been very good for me.

BUT I have been switched to generics before where I did not react well.  Only the active ingrediants are identical to the original; the fillers and such can be different and therefore sometimes cause people to react differently.

But the only way you can see is to try it out!

Post # 14
1140 posts
Bumble bee

I am on generic Yaz and it works just fine. I was right there with you in not paying $75 a month!!!

Post # 15
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not on BC now, but I have taken generic in the past.  It worked as well as the brand names.

Post # 16
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m on Ocella, which is generic Yasmin.  I didn’t switch from one to the other- I was on Yasmin for years before a generic existed, went off for four years, then got back on to regulate things through the wedding.  But I’ve had about the same reaction to Ocella as I remember having to Yasmin.  My skin’s a little slow to clear up, but other than that, no issues.

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