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Generic Alesse

Are the Generic Versions as Good as Alesse?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generic versions are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. Aviane, Falmina, Lutera, Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol, and Orsythia all have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Alesse.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients, which could cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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