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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Drospirenone - ethinyl estradiol is a combination medication containing to ingredients: progestin (drospirenone) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol). It is a birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy.
lactose monohydrate, corn starch, pregelatinized starch, povidone K-30, crospovidone (Polyplasdone XL), polyvinyl alcohol-partial hydrolyzed, crospovidone (Polyplasdone XL-10), polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 3350 (polyethylene glycol), magnesium stearate, talc, and iron oxide yellow (E172).
Do not take this medication if you: are allergic to drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, or any ingredients of the medication are or may be pregnant have active liver disease have any eye damage resulting from vascular (blood vessel) disease of the eye, such as partial or complete loss of vision or defect in visual fields have a condition that increases the risk of high potassium (such as diseases of the kidney, liver, or adrenal glands) have had a heart attack
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 (usually less common after 3 months of treatment, and may improve if acne already exists) back pain breast pain, tenderness, or swelling changed interest in sexual activity changes in weight darkening skin on the face diarrhea difficulty wearing contact lenses dizziness headache nausea nervousness trouble sleeping vomiting