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

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

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 FE Kaitlib 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