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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.
This combination medication contains 3 medications: drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol and levomefolate. Drospirenone is a progestin and ethinyl estradiol is an estrogen. Both are female hormones that, when combined, they are used as a birth control pill to prevent pregnancy. Levomefolate is the active form of folic acid. Folic acid is needed for the body to produce blood cells.
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Do not take drospirenone - ethinyl estradiol - levomefolate if you: are allergic to drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, levomefolate or any ingredients of this medication are or may be pregnant have active liver disease have any eye damage resulting from vascular (blood vessel) disease of the eye, such as partial or complete loss of vision or defect in visual fields have had a heart attack
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. abdominal cramps acne back or abdominal pain bloating breast enlargement or tenderness change in appetite changed interest in sexual activity cold and sinus symptoms (e.g., sinus pain, stuffy or runny nose, cough) diarrhea difficulty wearing contact lenses dizziness flu-like symptoms (e.g., cough, fatigue, fever, sore throat) gas headache nausea nervousness trouble sleeping vomiting weight changes