Is Generic Loestrin Fe Available?
Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is one of the many oral contraceptives
(birth control pills
) available. Loestrin Fe
is known as a "combined" oral contraceptive, because it contains a combination of two different types of hormones (an estrogen and a progestin).
Although Loestrin Fe was first made by Warner Chilcott Company, Inc., it is currently made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA. The patents for Loestrin Fe have expired, and generic Loestrin
Fe is available, although it is sold under what looks like other brand names, rather than the usual generic name.
Names for Generic Loestrin Fe
The following medications are generic versions of Loestrin Fe:
- Gildess® Fe (made by Patheon, Inc., for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals USA)
- Microgestin® Fe (made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
- Junel® Fe (made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA)
- Larin™ Fe (made by Novast Laboratories Ltd. for Northstar Rx LLC).
Because the generic names of birth control pills can be confusing (the names are long, and several different products can have the same generic name but come in different strengths), the manufacturers of generic birth control pills
give their versions a "brand name" to avoid confusion. These products are still generics, even though they seem like brand-name products due to their names.