Why did I receive a generic? Are generics any less safe or effective than name-brand?

Last updated on February 22, 2022

Generic medications are less expensive but equivalent versions of their brand name counterparts. If your insurance plan only covers the generic version of your prescription, or our pharmacy only has a generic on-hand, that’s what we’ll send you. You can definitely request the name-brand of your medication, but please note that there is a high likelihood that you will have to pay more or your insurance plan may not cover it at all.

The FDA only approves generic medications after rigorous testing proves that it has the same active ingredients, dosage, efficacy, safety, shelf-stability, and side effects of the name-brand version. You can read more about how generic medications work here: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/genericdrugs/ucm167991.htm

Here is a list of some common brand name birth control options and their generic equivalents. To view more brands, visit https://www.simplehealth.com/birth-control/brands.

Brand Name - Generic Equivalents

Alesse - Aviane, Aubra, Delyla, Falmina, Larissia, Lessina, Lutera, Orsythia, Sronyx, Vienva

Beyaz - Rajani

Cyclessa - Caziant, Velivet

Desogen - Apri, Cyred, Emoquette, Enskyce, Isibloom, Juleber, Reclipsen

Generess - FEKaitlib FE, Layolis FE

Lo-Loestrin FE - [none]

Lo/Ovral - Cryselle, Elinest, Low-Ogestrel

Loestrin Fe 1.5/30 - Blisovi FE 1.5/30, Junel Fe 1.5/30, Larin FE 1.5/30, Microgestin FE 1.5/30,

Loestrin Fe 1/20 - Blisovi FE 1/20, Junel FE 1/20, Larin FE 1/20, Microgestin FE 1/20, Tarina FE 1/20

LoSeasonique - Amethia Lo, Camrese Lo

Minastrin 24 Fe - Mibelas 24 Fe

Mircette - Azurette, Bekyree, Kariva, Kimidess, Pimtrea, Viorele

Modicon, Brevicon - Necon 0.5/35, Nortrel 0.5/35, Wera

Nordette - Altavera, Chateal, Kurvelo, Levora, Lillow, Marlissa, Portia

NuvaRing - Etonogestrel-Ethinyl Estradiol, EluRyng

Ogestrel 0.5/50 - [none]

Ortho Micronor, Nor-QD - Camila, Deblitane, Errin, Heather, Jencycla, Jolivette, Lyza, Nora-BE, Norlyroc, Ortho 
Micronor, Sharobel, Norethindrone 0.35 Mg Tablet

Ortho Tri-Cyclen - Tri-Estarylla, Tri-Femynor, Tri-Linyah, TriNessa, Tri-Previfem, Tri-Sprintec

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo - Tri-Lo-Sprintec, Tri-Lo-Marzia, Tri-Lo-Estarylla

Ortho-Cyclen - Estarylla, Femynor, Mono-linyah, Mononessa, Previfem, Sprintec

Ortho-Novum 1/35 - Alyacen 1/35, Cyclafem 1/35, Dasetta 1/35, Necon 1/35, Nortrel 1/35, Pirmella 1/35

Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 - Alyacen 7/7/7, Cyclafem 7/7/7, Dasetta 7/7/7, Necon 7/7/7, Nortrel 7/7/7, Pirmella 7/7/7

Ovcon-35 - Balziva, Briellyn, Gildagia, Philith, Vyfemla, Zenchent

Seasonique - Amethia, Ashlyna, Camrese, Daysee

Triphasil - Enpresse, Levonest, Myzilra, Trivora

Xulane - [none]

Yasmin - Ocella, Syeda, Zarah

Yaz - Gianvi, Loryna, Nikki, Vestura 

Zovia 1/35, 1/50 - Kelnor 1/35, 1/50

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