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Re: Difference?
Jul 31, 2006
[QUOTE=Lea18]This might sound like a really stupid question, but I don't know the answer. My mom went to the pharmacy to fill my birth control pills and she came back with a different kind because they were cheaper and the insurance covered them, unlike my other ones. [/quote]

You probably don't deal with your health insurance too often, so you may not be aware, but that is extremely common and happens ALL the time with ALL medictions that have a generic counterpart. It's ALWAYS cheaper to buy the generic from a prescription standpoint which is why prescription plans cost less for those than for brand names. It's not a big deal.

[quote]She said they are the exactly same pills, they're just generic and they're bigger in size. [/quote]

That's exactly right. They're the same thing only the generic version. The active ingredients are required, by FDA regulation, to be exactly the same. Where they differ is in the inactive ingredients, including the dyes used and some other things that don't affect the efficacy of the pill itself.

[quote] The pills I started off with worked real well for me. I'm afraid that if I start taking these generic ones they won't work as well as the ones I started with.[/quote]

There is no reason for you to think that, because the generic is the same thing.

[quote]So here's my all birth control pills do exactly the same thing?[/quote]

Not necessarily, that's a loaded question with a ton of different answers depending on which brand. Some are low-dose pills, some are high dose. Some have more estrogen and some have more progestin. It depends on which brand you are taking. And all women respond differently to each brand of pill. HOWEVER, the brand name and generic are supposed to be exactly the same except how I stated above.

[quote]Will they all help prevent pregnancy?[/quote] Sorry, I'm not supposed to be mean, but duh. That's why they're called [b]birth control[/b] pills. I swear I'm not trying to be mean, but what did you think? That some of them weren't meant to prevent pregnancy and some were? Because that's the whole point of why birth control pills were invented in the first place was to prevent pregnancy. And again, I'm honestly not trying to be mean, but I thought that was kind of a lame question.

[quote]I had a close call just recently after having sex with my boyfriend. I guess now that I got my period I know I'm safe, and I have a feeling that it was all the pill that prevented it.[/quote]

If you've been taking it regularly without skipping or forgetting any, then I'd say you're most likely right on that assumption. Just make sure you take it at the same time every day and don't skip or forget any. And you'll be fine.

[quote]So now with taking these cheaper generic pills (even though they are the same, so the pharmacy says), I have a feeling that they won't cover me as well, or that I won't be as safe having sex while taking these. Can someone help me out? Will they work just as effectively?[/QUOTE]

You will be fine. I'm not sure where you got the idea that generic would be any less effective against pregnancy than brand name, but it's just simply not true. I work in the pharmaceutical industry and I could give you a long and drawn out explanation for why generics exist, but it would be boring and you probably don't want to hear about it. To sum up, a drug company has a certain number of years for what's called patent exclusivity, during which time no other companies can copy their brand name drug. But when that patent expires, then it's open season and all of the active ingredients are available for any company to make the same drugs at generic prices. For drug companies, it's all about the money, so they want to get the most prescriptions they can while they have the patent. And after the meds go generic, they want to try to keep docs prescribing it, even though insurance companies make it cheaper to use generic.

That's a quick explanation and I left out a lot of detail, but I just want you to realize that there is no difference and you would probably save a lot of money in your future if you started buying generic over brand name for all of your meds at the pharmacy. Instead of buying Advil, get generic ibuprofen. Instead of Bayer, just buy regular aspirin. The list is endless, but when you're out on your own in the real world making your own money, you can save some by buying generic at the pharmacy for drugs that cost way too much for the same active ingredients.

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