In 2013, the manufacturer of Loestrin 24 Fe
decided to stop making this medication and replace it with Minastrin™ 24 Fe
, which comes in exactly the same strengths but is chewable.
Is a Generic Loestrin 24 Fe Available?
24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription contraceptive product. It is one of the many oral contraceptives
(birth control pills
) available. Compared to older birth control pills, Loestrin 24 Fe contains a relatively low dose of hormones. It also has fewer hormone-free days per cycle (only four, instead of the usual seven), which usually causes lighter, shorter menstrual periods.
Loestrin 24 Fe was made by Warner Chilcott Company, Inc., before it was discontinued by the manufacturer. However, a generic version is available.
Availability of Generic Loestrin 24 Fe
Generic names of birth control pills can be confusing -- the names are long, and many different products have the same generic name but have different strengths. To avoid confusion, manufacturers of generic birth control pills
give their versions a "brand name." These products are still generics even though their names make them seem like brand-name products.
The generic version of Loestrin 24 Fe is sold under the name Lomedia™ 24 Fe. It is made by Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York, LLC.
Is Generic Lomedia 24 Fe as Good as Loestrin 24 Fe?
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 generics 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. Lomedia 24 Fe has an "AB" rating, which means it should be equivalent to Loestrin 24 Fe.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that can cause problems for people with allergies