Generic Lo Loestrin Fe

Because Lo Loestrin Fe is protected by a patent, there are no generic versions of this medication available at this time. The first patent is set to expire in July 2014, which is the earliest predictable date that a generic Lo Loestrin Fe product may be manufactured. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative, generic Loestrin Fe products are available.

Can I Buy Generic Lo Loestrin Fe?

Lo Loestrin™ Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription contraceptive product. It is one of the many oral contraceptives (birth control pills) available. It is a newer, "ultra low-dose" birth control pill and is approved for preventing pregnancy.
Lo Loestrin Fe is made by Warner Chilcott Company, LLC. At this time, there are no generic versions of this birth control pill.

When Will a Generic Version Be Available?

The first patent for Lo Loestrin Fe currently expires in July 2014. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available. However, other circumstances could come up to extend or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Lo Loestrin Fe uses. Once this contraceptive goes off-patent, there may be several companies that manufacture a generic Lo Loestrin Fe drug.

What About Loestrin Fe?

Loestrin Fe is an older birth control pill that is similar to Lo Loestrin Fe. As you might guess, Lo Loestrin Fe has a lower dose of hormones, compared to Loestrin Fe. Although Lo Loestrin Fe is not available as a generic, Loestrin Fe is available in generic form (see Generic Loestrin Fe).
Loestrin Fe is not interchangeable with Lo Loestrin Fe. However, it may be an acceptable alternative, especially if it is not essential that you take an ultra low-dose birth control pill. Check with your healthcare provider if you are interested in this possibly less expensive alternative.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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