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Last month I got new health insurance through the state as opposed to through my University because I got a graduate assistantship. I have better coverage now, can see doctors outside of health services without referrals, etc... I had previously been buying my birth control at health services because they had it for $12/pack. Last month, they said they would not be getting it anymore because they lost their contract with the supplier or whatever, but they were going to try to get the generic. Mad scramble to get an RX called into a pharmacy so I could start my pills on time.<br><br><br><br>
As it turns out, my birth control is not a 'preferred brand' with my new insurance. It cost me $50. Even if I contest it, it will still be $35 for generic. (I wasn't using generic because I'm very sensitive to changes in meds) I can't afford another $50 a month... well if I HAVE to I have to, its cheaper than a baby and easier than being sick all the time. But it's a strain.<br><br><br><br>
This month I called health services again... they got generic in for $20/mo... so I'm going to go with that for now.. but I'm wondering if anyone else who was switched to generic noticed any difference or had any side effects from the generic that they didn't with the brand name? I always use 2 forms of protection so I'm not terribly concerned about getting pregnant from the change, but it has crossed my mind.<br><br><br><br>
Reassure me, ok? :p
 

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A few years ago I was switched to generic...it actually happened at the pharmacy whe I went to pick up my pills...I had no warning and was VERY freaked out...asked a LOT of questions, and the pharmacist reassured me it was made of the same compounds or whatever as the name brand...and I did not have any problems at all...<br><br>
but I know you said you have problems with changing meds. Has anyone at the Health Center answered your questions?
 

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<div class="quote-block">A brand-name drug and its generic counterpart are chemically the same. They may have different branding names, colors, and shapes, but they are required by U.S. law to be the same drug.<br><br><br><br>
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The differences between a brand-name drug and its generic counterpart are in the coloring, shape, and name, which are protected for the original company even beyond the twenty years of the original patent. There may be some differences among the inactive ingredients, but those do not have any effect on the desired benefits of the medication. The above is true of all drugs, not just birth control pills.<br><br><br><br>
There are no cons to taking a generic version of a brand-name drug: they are both the same chemically, and both are produced under the same guidelines and regulated in the same way by the FDA.</div>
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That was my first instinct, but I wanted to look it up just to be sure. Hope that helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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That was my first instinct, but I wanted to look it up just to be sure. Hope that helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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As true as all that is, my mother was switched to generic hormones for thyroid problems and went a little loopy. She gave it time but never adjusted and spoke with her doctor who told her he'd heard that complaint before and put her back on the nongeneric and she's been fine ever since.<br><br>
I'm rather the same way.. the slightest difference in formulation and my body goes "AHH!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/furious.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":furious:"> "<br><br><br><br>
I guess we'll see.
 

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That's interesting, since the only thing that differs is the inactive ingredient(s).<br><br><br><br>
Well, I wish you luck with it, nontheless. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The same thing pretty much happened to me. I switched to the generic and quite happily saved a lot of money a month, and had no ill effects at all. It worked exactly the same. I also used two forms of BC, so getting pregnant was not my biggest concern with the switch.... I also was worried but it seemed my worries were unfounded. Good luck!
 

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The same thing pretty much happened to me. I switched to the generic and quite happily saved a lot of money a month, and had no ill effects at all. It worked exactly the same. I also used two forms of BC, so getting pregnant was not my biggest concern with the switch.... I also was worried but it seemed my worries were unfounded. Good luck!</div>
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Doesn't it piss you off that insurance companies can dictate what medications you're ALLOWED to have?? If you're ALLOWED to have birth control, why are you allowed some brands and not others? They PREFER I use something else?? Well my body PREFERS I use what I'm on. :p<br><br><br><br>
Well, took one last night and I'm still alive and not pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> so... so far so good.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rabid_child</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
As true as all that is, my mother was switched to generic hormones for thyroid problems and went a little loopy. She gave it time but never adjusted and spoke with her doctor who told her he'd heard that complaint before and put her back on the nongeneric and she's been fine ever since.<br><br>
I'm rather the same way.. the slightest difference in formulation and my body goes "AHH!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/furious.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":furious:"> "<br><br><br><br>
I guess we'll see.</div>
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Is it possible that people who worry about getting generics get a placebo effect from taking them?<br><br><br><br>
I have changed to generics for birth control pills, in fact, to many different brands of generics. No difference. I don't see why it would make a difference. Same active ingredients, possibly one pill has a coating the generic doesn't, or different fillers or coloring. The generics may even be produced in the same factory- half might go to Pfizer, the other half to Acme durgs for final processing.
 

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Is it possible that people who worry about getting generics get a placebo effect from taking them?<br><br><br><br>
I have changed to generics for birth control pills, in fact, to many different brands of generics. No difference. I don't see why it would make a difference. Same active ingredients, possibly one pill has a coating the generic doesn't, or different fillers or coloring. The generics may even be produced in the same factory- half might go to Pfizer, the other half to Acme durgs for final processing.</div>
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*shrugs* Currently, I'm spotting 3 days longer than I usually do at the end of my period. (Normally it's completely over on Friday, and now it's Monday, and I'm still spotting) I'm not entirely sure how I could make that happen, but it's annoying.
 

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*shrugs* Currently, I'm spotting 3 days longer than I usually do at the end of my period. (Normally it's completely over on Friday, and now it's Monday, and I'm still spotting) I'm not entirely sure how I could make that happen, but it's annoying.</div>
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Hmm, maybe a difference in some of the other ingredients influence how quickly it dissolves and is absorbed.
 

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*shrugs* Currently, I'm spotting 3 days longer than I usually do at the end of my period. (Normally it's completely over on Friday, and now it's Monday, and I'm still spotting) I'm not entirely sure how I could make that happen, but it's annoying.</div>
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The amount of hormones differ from pill to pill, so chances are that you need to give your body 2-3 months to regulate itself with this new generic pill. That could explain the spotting.
 

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The amount of hormones differ from pill to pill, so chances are that you need to give your body 2-3 months to regulate itself with this new generic pill. That could explain the spotting.</div>
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My body reacted differently when I first started a new type of birth control. After the first month I didn't have a period at all! I was so freaked out thinking I was pregnant. But thankfully everything went back to normal the next month. Whew!
 

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Is it a generic version of the same birth control pill you were on i.e. same active ingredients in the same amounts? I must admit I've never even thought about whether generic birth control pills are available since I'm in Canada so all birth control pills are covered by all insurance plans.
 

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Oh, look at me! I'm Canadian and my country actually takes care of me!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> Seriously, much love to the Canadians. I wish I could get some insurance!
 
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