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Generic Seasonale

Generic Seasonale is currently available, sold under the names Quasense, Jolessa, Introvale, and Daysee. The FDA has assigned an "AB" rating to these products, which means that the generic versions are considered equivalent to the brand-name medication. However, generic Seasonale may contain different inactive ingredients, such as fillers or dyes, which may cause problems in people with certain allergies or sensitivities.

Is Generic Seasonale Available?

Seasonale® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription contraceptive product. It is one of the many oral contraceptives (birth control pills) available.
Seasonale is made by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Generic Seasonale is available, although it is sold under what looks like other brand names.

Names for Generic Seasonale

Currently, generic Seasonale is sold under the names Daysee™, Quasense™, Jolessa™, and Introvale™. 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.

Who Makes Generic Seasonale?

Quasense is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, while Jolessa is made by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Introvale is made by Sandoz. Daysee is made by Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Are the Generic Versions as Good as Seasonale?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses these tests to determine whether the generic versions are equivalent to the brand-name products and then assigns a rating to each one. Quasense, Introvale, Daysee, and Jolessa have "AB" ratings, meaning they should be equivalent to Seasonale.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients from the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients, which could cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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