A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Norgestimate - ethinyl estradiol belongs to the class of medications called oral contraceptives (birth control pills). It is an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (norgestimate) combination pill used to prevent pregnancy. Norgestimate - ethinyl estradiol works by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and by causing changes in the mucus of the cervix which make it difficult for sperm to penetrate and for an egg to implant in the wall of the uterus. It may also be used to treat acne for women.
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Do not take norgestimate - ethinyl estradiol if you: are allergic to norgestimate, ethinyl estradiol, or any ingredients of the medication are over age 35 and smoke are going to be unable to move around for a lengthy period of time (e.g., after surgery) have or have had thrombophlebitis or thromboembolic disorders (blood clotting problems) have a condition that increases the risk of blood clotting
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects. breast pain, tenderness, or swelling brown, blotchy spots on exposed skin diarrhea discomfort wearing contact lenses fatigue flu-like symptoms (sudden lack of energy, fever, cough, sore throat) gas nausea rash swelling of ankles and feet trouble sleeping weight gain or loss vomiting