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.
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Levonorgestrel – ethinyl estradiol is a progestin (levonorgestrel) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) combination birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy. The ingredients of this medication primarily work by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in the mucus of the cervix, which make it difficult for sperm to penetrate and for an egg to implant.
Lactose Monohydrate, Corn Starch, Povidone, Crospovidone, Magnesium Stearate
Do not take this medication if you: are allergic to levonorgestrel, ethinyl estradiol, or any ingredients of the medication are or may be pregnant have or have had migraine headaches with auras have blood clots or have a history of developing blood clots in the blood vessels have active liver disease or decreased liver function
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects. abdominal cramping or bloating acne breast pain, tenderness, or swelling contact lens discomfort gain or loss of body or facial hair headache increase or decrease in appetite increased or decreased interest in sexual activity nausea skin rash swelling of the ankles and feet vomiting weight changes