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 complete list of brand name birth controls and their generic equivalents.

Brand NameGeneric EquivalentsAlesseAviane, Aubra, Delyla, Falmina, Larissia, Lessina, Lutera, Orsythia, Sronyx, VienvaBeyazRajaniCyclessa Caziant, VelivetDesogenApri, Cyred, Emoquette, Enskyce, Isibloom, Juleber, ReclipsenGeneress FEKaitlib FE, Layolis FELo-Loestrin FE[none]Lo/OvralCryselle, Elinest, Low-OgestrelLoestrin Fe 1.5/30Blisovi FE 1.5/30, Junel Fe 1.5/30, Larin FE 1.5/30, Microgestin FE 1.5/30,Loestrin Fe 1/20Blisovi FE 1/20, Junel FE 1/20, Larin FE 1/20, Microgestin FE 1/20, Tarina FE 1/20LoSeasoniqueAmethia Lo, Camrese LoMinastrin 24 FeMibelas 24 FeMircetteAzurette, Bekyree, Kariva, Kimidess, Pimtrea, VioreleModicon, BreviconNecon 0.5/35, Nortrel 0.5/35, WeraNordetteAltavera, Chateal, Kurvelo, Levora, Lillow, Marlissa, PortiaNuvaRingEtonogestrel-Ethinyl Estradiol, EluRyngOgestrel 0.5/50[none]Ortho Micronor, Nor-QDCamila, Deblitane, Errin, Heather, Jencycla, Jolivette, Lyza, Nora-BE, Norlyroc, Ortho 
Micronor, Sharobel, Norethindrone 0.35 Mg TabletOrtho Tri-CyclenTri-Estarylla, Tri-Femynor, Tri-Linyah, TriNessa, Tri-Previfem, Tri-SprintecOrtho Tri-Cyclen LoTri-Lo-Sprintec, Tri-Lo-Marzia, Tri-Lo-EstaryllaOrtho-CyclenEstarylla, Femynor, Mono-linyah, Mononessa, Previfem, SprintecOrtho-Novum 1/35Alyacen 1/35, Cyclafem 1/35, Dasetta 1/35, Necon 1/35, Nortrel 1/35, Pirmella 1/35Ortho-Novum 7/7/7Alyacen 7/7/7, Cyclafem 7/7/7, Dasetta 7/7/7, Necon 7/7/7, Nortrel 7/7/7, Pirmella 7/7/7Ovcon-35Balziva, Briellyn, Gildagia, Philith, Vyfemla, ZenchentSeasoniqueAmethia, Ashlyna, Camrese, DayseeTriphasilEnpresse, Levonest, Myzilra, TrivoraXulane[none]YasminOcella, Syeda, ZarahYaz Gianvi, Loryna, Nikki, Vestura Zovia 1/35, 1/50Kelnor 1/35, 1/50

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