(Closed) Generic Birth Control Pills Not as Effective??

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Generics are cheaper because they are not manufactured by the companies that “discovered” them. When you buy a brand name drug, you pay not only for the cost of making the pill, but also for the hours of research and testing that went into making that drug.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

All I remember from my generic pills is they just gave me horrible periods.I never got pregnant on any of them so I assume you are safe. I mean if they didn’t protect you well they wouldn’t of put it on the market.I think Fox news is full of crap sometimes.You should be safe hun.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I dont think thats legal! I think generics have other side effects but pregnancy shouldnt be one of them!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Eh, my generics never failed me.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

In order for generics to be dispensed instead of the brand product, they must be bioequivalent, meaning the active ingredient(s), the dosage form, the quality and effectiveness must be the same.  I do not have concerns about taking generic medications and recommend them for my patients due to tremendous cost savings. 

In my personal opinion, I prefer to take older, generic medications that have been on the market for years rather than new drugs – more is generally known about the safety and effectiveness of older drugs than brand new drugs (ex. post-marketing surveillance may reveal new info about a drug – it’s not exclusive to new drugs, but more likely).  With time, some brand medications are no longer produced due to lack of use as a result of high generic use.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Generics have the same “active ingredients” aka, the hormones.  Essentially, they should work the same.  That being said, every BC is different for every woman and a brand name may not work right either.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Many times, the placebo effect isn’t as strong for generics.  Fox news may have just picked up on that.  I would be surprised if they are actually significantly different from the non-generics.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MrsCoachBtoBee: The binders on generics are often different from the brand name birth control binder. They’re are more likely to cause a reaction or react differently than the hormone itself. Definitely not less effective than brand name names, just slightly different. I never had a problem switching between generic and brand name ones.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@brox:  but the hormones are the same right?  just packaged differently, if you will

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@AB Bride: I’m really curious with what you mean about “the placebo effect isn’t as strong for generics.”  Placebos aren’t typically used as a comparator for studies with oral contraceptives.  We know that they are uneffective at preventing pregnancy (obviously – they are inert).  Most studies are head-to-head with other contraceptives. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@EvaBostonTerrier:  I wasn’t referring to birth control pills, just pills in general.  I’ll see if I can dig up a study.  DH is really into skeptics, especially podcasts and that’s probably where that info came from.

I recall even hearing the colour of a pill will affect how it does, blue is better than red or something like that.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Sounds like propaganda

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