Post # 1
I’ve been taking Trinessa for about 4 years. Before that it was some other generic, the name of which I can’t remember. I use Trinessa mainly because of the lower cost (my copay is $15 a month). I’ve never taken Ortho Tri-Cyclen, but I’m trying to decide if I should try switching. I have read some things where people swear that Trinessa has worse effects than OTC, such as weird breakouts (I have those and for the life of me can’t figure out how to make them go away) and low sex drive. I guess I never really thought about switching before because I figured that if they’re supposed to be the same drug, only one is name brand, and one is generic, the effects couldn’t really be that different and I’d just be wasting money.
So here is my question, for you ladies who have tried both – does Ortho Tri-Cyclen make a difference? Is it worth the cost? What did it cost you per month?
And I have not researched much about Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, but those of you who switched from regular OTC to Lo, what can you tell me? Worth the switch? Are there any downsides to Lo? How much does that run you per month?
Post # 3
My first BC was Ortha Evra (patch) but I had major bleeding…so I went off that for a lower hormone BC (Tricyclen Lo). It gave me few problems and I was on it for a few years before switching to OTC (I didn’t qualify for Family PACT). I had major mood swings and a lot of stress…it was making my life miserable so I switched back, stopped using BC altogether, and eventually went on the implant (Implanon) which so far works very well for me.
Post # 4
@mireisen: Do you mind if I ask what were your negative experiences with Ortho Tr-Cyclen Lo?
Can any other Bees weigh in on the generic vs. name brand pill issue?
Post # 5
I was on Lo for awhile. I had breakthrough bleeding pretty badly. Then again, I’m sort of chubby, and I have fibroids, so YMMV.
I don’t really notice much difference between the way I responded to OTC and TriNessa. I know I shouldn’t, but I’ve gone back and forth a few times, and off completely for years at a stretch.
Earlier this year, my acne was HORRIBLE. I mean, I went to the derm, and he almost IMMEDIATELY brought up Accutane horrible. It was a mess! Having tried many other ointments and remedies with no luck, I reluctantly agreed to start, so he put me on the Pill.
Well, after being on TriNessa for a few weeks, and starting Murad skincare and changing my foundation, my skin stays almost clear. It’s still far from perfect, and my pores are a mess, but I no longer look horribly disfigured when I go out without makeup. In fact, sometimes I don’t even bother with it these days. Needless to say, I had no reason to go ahead with the Accutane.
As far as sex drive…maybe it’s just because I am with someone I am madly in love with now, but I have noticed no ill effects there. If anything, I’m hornier now than I was,lol.
Just for reference, on my insurance, OTC was ~$25 I think (could have been $35, but I think it was 25.) TriNessa is like $10. This is at Walgreens. May be cheaper elsewhere…if it is, let me know!
Post # 6
@GreenGables:generic is really the same thing. It might have different filler ingredients. I took the regular ortho tri-cyclen for a few years then switched to tri-sprintec the generic and I have not noticed any difference at all. Everyone is different so some people might have problems with the filler ingredients you wont know without trying
Tri-sprintec is $9 at walmart without insurance so that is a huge plus
Post # 7
@miss sparkly cat:
Thanks so much – your input is very helpful! I will probably end up talking to my gyn about this as well at my next appointment.