Generic Lo/Ovral

Currently, three generic Lo/Ovral products are available on the market. These generic oral contraceptives are sold under the names Cryselle, Elinest, and Low-Ogestrel. The FDA has given these generic Lo/Ovral products an "AB" rating, which means that they are equivalent to the brand-name version. However, they may contain dyes, fillers, or other inactive ingredients, which could cause problems for people with allergies.

Is Generic Lo/Ovral Available?

Lo/Ovral® (norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is one of the many birth control pills available. It belongs to a group of medications known as combined oral contraceptives, named because they contain a combination of two different types of hormones (an estrogen and a progestin).
Lo/Ovral is made by Akrimax Pharmaceuticals (although it was previously made by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.). Generic Lo/Ovral is available, although it is sold under what looks like other brand names, not the typical "generic" names that most other types of medications use.

Names of Generic Birth Control Pills

At this time, three different forms of generic Lo/Ovral are available, sold under the names Cryselle® (made by Barr Laboratories), Elinest™ (made by Novast Laboratories), and Low-Ogestrel® (made by Watson Laboratories). The generic names of birth control pills can be confusing. The names are long, and different products can have the same generic name, even though they may be quite different.
To avoid confusion, manufacturers of generic birth control pills give their versions a "brand name" instead of using the standard generic name. These products are still generics, even though they seem like brand-name products, due to their names. It can be difficult to tell if a particular birth control pill is generic or brand-name, although the price is often a good indication (generics usually cost significantly less).

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