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

Last updated on August 15, 2022

Generic medications are less expensive but equivalent versions of their brand name counterparts. 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.

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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