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You can find generic Cyclessa sold under three names: Caziant, Cesia, and Velivet. While these generic forms of the prescription birth control pill are equivalent to Cyclessa, they are allowed to contain different inactive ingredients, which could cause problems for people with certain allergies or sensitivities. Because a generic version is available, your insurance company may not cover brand-name Cyclessa.

Is Generic Cyclessa Available?

Cyclessa® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill (oral contraceptive). It is available only with a prescription.
Cyclessa is made by Organon USA, Inc., one of the top manufacturers of contraceptives. Although generic Cyclessa is available, it is sold under what appears to be two other brand names, rather than the usual "generic" name. Because these generic versions are available, you may find that your insurance company will not cover brand-name Cyclessa.

Names for Generic Cyclessa

At this time, generic Cyclessa is sold under the names Caziant™, Cesia™, and Velivet™. The generic names of birth control pills can be confusing, since the names are long and several different products can have the same generic name, even though they are different.
To help avoid confusion, manufacturers of generic birth control pills give their versions a "brand name." These products are still generics, even though they seem like brand-name products, due to their names.

Are Velivet and Cesia as Good as Cyclessa?

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. Caziant, Velivet, and Cesia all have an "AB" rating, which means they should be equivalent to Cyclessa.
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. The packaging of generic birth control pills may also be different from the packaging of the brand-name products.
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