A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Also Known as Desolett, Desogen
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Desogestrel - ethinyl estradiol is an estrogen and progestin combination pill used for the prevention of pregnancy. It works by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and causing changes in the mucus of the cervix that make it difficult for sperm to penetrate and for an egg to implant.
Chemical Name: DESOGESTREL (des-oh-JES-trel) and ETHINYL ESTRADIOL (ETH-in-il ess-tra-DYE-ole) colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, starch, stearic acid, talc, titanium dioxide, and vitamin E.
Do not take this medication if you: are allergic to desogestrel, ethinyl estradiol, or any ingredients of this medication are or may be pregnant have active liver disease have any eye lesion resulting from vascular disease of the eye, such as partial or complete loss of vision or defect in visual fields have had a heart attack have, have had, or may have a tumour reliant on estrogen have, have had, or may have breast cancer
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes nausea, vomiting, bleeding between menstrual periods, breast tenderness or weight gain.